Norway's underground doomsday seed vault is under threat from climate change
The Scandinavian country announced a new investment, after melting permafrost caused by unseasonably warm temperatures risked flooding the vault last year. The Norwegian government said that the upgrades will include a new concrete access tunnel and a service building to house “emergency power and refrigerating units and other electrical equipment that emits heat through the tunnel.” The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located deep inside a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, roughly 620 miles from the North Pole. It was established in 2008 and serves as the primary backup for the world’s other seed banks. The vault has a capacity for 4.5 million varieties of crops, with a maximum of 2.5 billion seeds. The seed vault currently holds more than 890,000 samples, which originate from nearly every country in the world.
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