The scientists behind the Doomsday Clock warn that the earth is still on the verge of doomsday in 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the potential for nuclear war, climate change, and rampant hoaxes. Researchers who are members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) at the University of Chicago, United States, as the manager of the doomsday clock have determined that the hands of the Doomsday Clock this year are still the same as in 2020, which is 100 seconds to midnight. That is, the symbolic clock shows humanity's closest point to the apocalypse. In 2019, the position of the doomsday clock is 2 minutes to midnight. Midnight or 00.00 is symbolic.
To note, BAS itself is an organization that assesses the progress of science and its risks to humans. They created the Apocalypse Clock as a reminder to humanity not to do Earth-shattering damage. "The hands of the Doomsday Clock are still 100 seconds into midnight, the closest point to midnight," said President of BAS Rachel Bronson, as quoted by AFP. The deadly and frightening Covid-19 pandemic has become a historic warning, a vivid illustration of how countries and international organizations are overwhelmed with managing real threats that could end civilization such as nuclear weapons and climate change. The last time the Doomsday Clock was so close to midnight was during the hydrogen bomb tests by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1953, which began the era of the nuclear arms race. While the furthest point to the apocalypse occurred in 1991, when the Cold War ended. The hands of the Doomsday Clock are reset every year and this decision is made by the members of the BAS board, which includes 13 Nobel laureates.