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Svalbard Global Seed Vault (wikipedia.org)
108 points by octosphere on June 13, 2019 | hide | past | favorite | 13 comments



Possibly brought up because of the recent reference in https://www.troyhunt.com/project-svalbard-the-future-of-have... .


It was also raised here in a recent article about the 10,000 year clock - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20161637


it is already under threat from climate change https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/28/doomsday-vault-t...


Nah, that is because of bad planning.


I don't see why it's not both these things?


> The seed vault is an attempt to ensure against the loss of seeds in other genebanks during large-scale regional or global crises.

If we categorize climate change as a global crisis then it looks like:

vault meant to safeguard against global crisis is under threat from global crisis


I found it interesting that Norway restricts births and deaths on Svalbard:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/themes/adventure/103873808/sv...


There are a whole lot of restrictions like this, because the society there is so small and isolated it basically doesn't have the infrastructure to deal with childbirth, very sick people and old people. But people who live there and have babies on the mainland do bring them back to Svalbard after they are born, and there is a kindergarten and a school. You're allowed to stay there after you are retired, but then you're on your own, you can't ask for any of the healthcare benefits that pensioners are entitled to.

There's also a whole lot of other exceptions, like different taxation from the mainland, exemption from needing a snowmobile licence to drive a snowmobile, permission to carry firearms almost everywhere, etc. The prices of e.g. milk and fresh produce are astronomical, while alcohol is cheap.


I'm aware of the death restriction due to the issue with it being permanently frozen there - the birth restriction mostly seems to be a simple lack of facilities that may lead to endangering the mother and child. I'd assume the birth restriction is more just down to liability and safety.


You'd probably love this short film, Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen (https://vimeo.com/232614312)


Veritasium video: "Inside the Svalbard Seed Vault" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_OEsf-1qgY


Was going to post this as well, just watched it a few weeks ago when it came up on my feed. Veritasium is a good watch.


We need something like this for DNA of plants and animals.




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