Is this safest place in the world? BBC News

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A special vault has been built in the Arctic to store thousands of seeds, as scientists fear the impact of climate change and prolonged conflicts could have devastating consequences on food crops around the world.


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FYI: In May of 2017 the permafrost around the entrance melted and flooded part of the vault. This was never even contemplated in its design. Fortunately, an alert staff turned on pumps and refrigeration and no seeds were damaged. However, this was never supposed to happen! We really are screwed!

Author — Brooks Anderson

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I would like to live there, it's so safe!!

Author — Vibhor Sethi

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"never put all your eggs in one basket"

The old adage holds true even now. There should be atleast two such seed vaults adequately distanced from each other.

Author — Sagar Rao

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Someone's not only looking at the food. The smart also prepared the storage of their chosen DNAs, and creating the artificial intelligence that can process whatever the system can achieve in such preparations. Who knows cloning will be part or level of certain games?

Author — whoRwe02

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It’s actually quite unsettling thinking that this place even exists, and then the need for it one day might be real.

Author — G

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Civilization needs sciences. They r utterly the most important things in life.

Author — Mosa Abdullah

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It was amazing, being this place is very vital for the world

Author — Leyla Khalili

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I camped near the airport in 1992 for 2 weeks. Walked into town most days. Very different to Australia.

Author — MV Norsel

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In the amidst of pandemic, it feels like a land of gratification

Author — Shreyashi Chatterjee

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Store room inside the mountain?
Unbelievable, they built the store room inside the mountain

Author — Elizabeth Armada

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Kind of makes you wonder what sort of stuff grows wild in my yard that is edible

Author — TheSchmidtsu

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I imagine that was a challenge to build.

Author — Cooking Lessons for Dad

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Say there was some engineered virus with sub versions targeted at all species of crop, specifically the ones kept in storage, and it had devastated all crops, this virus would still exist in the environment awaiting its next target, that next target would be the crops seeds in storage, all the seeds are snapshots of the crops that had perished, wouldn't it be pointless to then bring them out to "replenish" the lost crops?

Author — Rick Sanchez

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you can not escape it, no matter where you go

Author — Desiree Sandoval Williams

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Ironically the permafrost melted the year this was published, 2016, and meltwater rushed into the vault. Now they're rebuilding. Not as safe as they thought it was.

Author — AdSteel

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So when climate change ruins everything I know I'll be okay because all my food is on the other side of the world.

Author — MagicNESS OfLight

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Misleading title! I thought he meant where humans would be safe from war or crime when I looked at the title.

Author — Anonymous

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We clearly need to learn from our mistakes NOW, NOT

Author — Hazel Phan

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is there a numbered ticket dispenser and a waiting room so the various countries can wait their turn in an orderly fashion?
also magazines because i imagine you'll be waiting a while...oh, i almost forgot, what about gluten-free seeds?

Author — cullou toltec

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When they do it, it's "being smart and responsible." when we do it, we're thrown into the looney bin.

Author — PokemonDiamondUS