Doomsday vault compromised by climate change


The Norwegian Government has announced it will spend $17 million on urgent repairs and upgrades to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

The subterranean seed vault, a secure seed bank that stores 40% of the world’s plant seeds, has experienced higher than average rainfall and earlier spring melts, necessitating repairs and retrofitting to secure the vault for the coming decades.

The Norwegian government has announced the upgrades will include the construction of new access tunnels, emergency power supplies and refrigeration units to ensure that the vault is protected from future impacts of climate change in the area.

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