It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.

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7 thoughts on “Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

  1. A lot can happen in 9 years. From the article: “When it was opened in 2008, the deep permafrost through which the vault was sunk was expected to provide “failsafe” protection against “the challenge of natural or man-made disasters”.”

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  2. Adaptation.
    The idea that we can manage climate change will prove the illusion we need to admit is beyond knowing. So many cascading events; methane releases, epidemics, extinctions, military conflicts and a great combination of events, especially food scarcity are just a few. The Seed Vault is the precise example of our limited ability to anticipate how changed our world is becoming. Better to greet the sun with a revised, planet-wide energy infrastructure than whistle into the abyss.

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