Saturday, May 20, 2017

"Failsafe" Global Seed Vault Threatened By Climate Change

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, built in 2008, is the world's largest secure seed storage. It was designed to safeguard the world's food sources from doomsday scenarios such as nuclear war, climate change, natural disasters or even an asteroid strike. The deep permafrost on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen was supposed to provide “failsafe” protection against “the challenge of natural or man-made disasters” but warmer temperatures in the Arctic have led to melting and heavy rain. Is this a sign of things to come? No seeds were lost this time but the vault managers are now taking precautions, including major work to waterproof the 100m-long tunnel into the mountain and digging trenches into the mountainside to channel meltwater and rain away.

Previously here and here

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