Saturday, 20 May 2017

Gone to Seed Bank?


It was mean't to provide long-term insurance against man-made disasters resulting in the loss of important crop plants, when it was opened, in 2008, deep in the permafrost of Svalberg on the island of Spitzbergen in Norway, but the Global Seed Vault has already been threatened by yer humans (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/19/arctic-stronghold-of-worlds-seeds-flooded-after-permafrost-melts). Rising temperatures have already flooded the entrance to the bank which contains almost a million packets of seeds from around the world. Fortunately, none of the seeds have been lost thus far but it is an illustration that we are pretty good at our man-made disasters.

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