The Arctic’s Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a remote repository of nearly a million types of seed designed to withstand an apocalyptic catastrophe, may have met its match in climate change.
The facility, which is dug deep into Arctic permafrost, ran into unforeseen problems when record-high temperatures in the region caused said permafrost to melt, the Guardian reported.
Water leaked into the facility’s 100-meter-long entrance tunnel and subsequently froze, forcing Norwegian government personnel to hack out the ice — though no harm came to the seeds, which are intended to preserve the planet’s biodiversity through human mismanagement or crises. Read more. (5/20/17, 1:54 PM)