Doomsday Vault Storing World’s Seeds In Serious Danger Due To Climate Change

Global seed vault Longyearbyen in Svalbard Norway

The Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway, was built on the icy archipelago for good reason: the seeds stored within it need to be kept at Arctic temperatures to remain viable when they aren’t buried in the ground. Unfortunately, a rapidly changing climate has now placed the entire concept at risk.

According to Gizmodo, it’s the permafrost that makes its home on the mountain that has kept the some 1 million seeds stored in the vault all these years in viable condition. That permafrost has helped to keep the temperature of the vault, also known as the Doomsday Vault, at a crisp 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Unfortunately, climate change is causing those in charge of the vault, the Norwegian government, Crop Trust, and the Nordic Genetic Resource Center, some serious concern. With temperatures in the region having risen by 5 degrees in less than the past half a century, that permafrost has started to melt.

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