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Multi-million dollar upgrade planned to secure ‘failsafe’ Arctic seed vault

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Work could involve making the entrance tunnel of the vault slope upwards instead of down to prevent water running in. Photograph: Heiko Junge/EPA

Improvements aim to ensure the vault’s role as an impregnable deep freeze for the world’s most precious food seeds after a recent flooding by melting permafrost

June 13, 2017 — The Global Seed Vault, built in the Arctic as an impregnable deep freeze for the world’s most precious food seeds, is to undergo a multi-million dollar upgrade after water from melting permafrost flooded its access tunnel. Continue reading Multi-million dollar upgrade planned to secure ‘failsafe’ Arctic seed vault

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

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The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault was built to protect millions of food crops from climate change, wars and natural disasters. Photograph: John Mcconnico/AP

No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change

May 19, 2017 — 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 Continue reading Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts