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Arctic Stronghold of World’s Seeds Flooded After Permafrost Melts

Technology / Internet : Daring Fireball

Damian Carrington, reporting for The Guardian: 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, b...

Norway to boost climate change defences of 'doomsday' seed vault

Local Interest / France : France 24

Norway on Saturday said it would boost protection of a seed storage vault designed to protect the world's crops from disaster, after soaring temperatures caused water to leak into its entrance. Situated deep inside a mountain on a r...

Svalbard Arctic seed vault awash in water from melting permafrost — but seeds are safe for now

News : The Raw Story

Deep breaths. Global Crop Diversity Trust via Flickr A failure at a fail-safe vault. The irony is delicious, but that’s not the whole story. On its website, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is described by Crop Trust—the nonprofit tha...

Melting permafrost leaks into Arctic Global Seed Vault

News : NY Daily News

An Arctic bunker built to store the world’s seeds has sprung a leak.

'Doomsday' seed vault entrance repaired after thaw of Arctic ice

Issues & Causes / Environmentalism : Reuters Environment Blog

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway is repairing the entrance of a "doomsday" seed vault on an Arctic island after an unexpected thaw of permafrost let water into a building meant as a deep freeze to safeguard the world's food supplies.


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