World War 3: What is the Doomsday Clock? What are the minutes before midnight? Does he predict World War 3?

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From appearing in Watchmen to inspiring a Linkin Park album in the mid-2000s.

However, you might be wondering what it actually is.

But what is the doomsday clock and can it predict World War III?

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What is the Doomsday Clock?

The Doomsday Clock is a symbol that represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe.

It has been in existence since 1947 and is maintained by members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board.

During the Cold War, it was used as an analogy for the odds of a global nuclear holocaust.

With midnight representing a global catastrophe and the “minutes” until midnight representing how close the world is to it.

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While originally referring to a nuclear apocalypse, the Doomsday Clock now includes climate change as part of global catastrophe.

What is the current “minutes to midnight”?

In January 2020, the clock was moved 100 seconds to midnight – and it remains at that level.

This is the date closest to midnight for the Doomsday Clock since 1953 – when the hands were also at 2.

The farthest he had been since midnight was 17 – after the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.

However, the world’s closest to a nuclear war was the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 – but that culminated and resolved before the minutes could be changed.

Does the Doomsday Clock Predict World War III?

No, the clock is not a predictor of the odds of World War III, just the belief of the Bulletin of the Science and Safety Board of Atomic Scientists about the world’s proximity to man-made global catastrophe.

When deciding the minutes until midnight for a given year, they consider a wide range of factors – which can include politics, energy, weapons, diplomacy and climate science.

With potential threats, including nuclear threats, climate change, bioterrorism and artificial intelligence.

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