This year, the Doomsday Clock devised by the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was advanced two minutes, for the first time in five years. It now stands at 11:55 p.m., just five minutes away from the “midnight” of human annihilation. This change not only reflects last year’s nuclear test by North Korea and uncertainties regarding Iran’s nuclear development goals; it is also a reflection of the impact of environmental degradation and climate change.

This “clock” was established in 1947 at a time when nuclear weapons were understood to be the greatest threat to human survival. Today, the global ecological crisis casts a stark shadow over the future, one that demands immediate action.

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