2024 Doomsday Clock – level 3

26-01-2024 15:00

The Doomsday Clock remains at 90 seconds to global catastrophe, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

Persistent global instability is attributed to factors such as Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine, Israel’s actions following an Oct. 7 attack, Middle East proxy battles, stalled nuclear arms control talks, insufficient progress on climate change, and increasing risks associated with artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. The Board of Atomic Scientists emphasizes that the situation is not improving compared to the previous year.

The potential for the United States being drawn into a war involving Israel and other Middle Eastern countries, climate change, record temperatures, and challenges posed by artificial intelligence are key concerns. The Board urges global leaders to take more decisive actions to address these threats.

Difficult words: persistent (ongoing), proxy battle (an indirect conflict fought by third parties), stalled (without any progress).

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