Doomsday Clock Ticks into 2023  January 18, 2023

Are we safer this year than we were last year?

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is hosting a live virtual news conference at 10:00 a.m. EST/ 8 a. m. MT on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, to announce whether the time on the iconic Doomsday Clock will change. As of the past two years, the hands have stayed at a steady, ominous 100 seconds to midnight.

The clock, which debuted 76 years ago on the cover of the Bulletin, has been stalled at 100 seconds to midnight since 2020. But the clock’s time is apparently a-changing—the Bulletin, PSR national and its chapters, ICAN, and other anti-nuclear organizations are passing the word and planning events to mark the official reset, which implies that the world has moved closer—or stepped back —from the brink over the past years.

Just last year Russia went to war with Ukraine, and Putin toyed with the idea of using limited-strike nuclear weapons. Not to mention shelling and fires around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.

What do you think? What time is it going to be in 2023? Email us your best guesstimate. We’ll publish the results in our next newsletter.

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