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‘Doomsday vault’ town warming quicker than any other on Earth

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The world’s northernmost settlement and home to what is known as the “Doomsday vault” – the subterranean Svalbard global seed vault which stores specimens of almost all the world’s seeds – is now believed to be the fastest-warming location on Earth, according to a new report.

Longyearbyen, on the Norwegian island of Svalbard, had an average temperature in Svalbard was -7.8C in 1900 but since then, it has risen by 3.7C – more than three times the global average rise of about 1°C.

Not only has it become significantly warmer, but wetter too, spelling trouble for the Doomsday vault as the seeds’ preservation depends on stable temperatures and bone-dry conditions.

“Svalbard is the ultimate failsafe for biodiversity of crops,” Marie Haga, the executive director of the Crop Trust told CNN.

The vault was opened in 2008. Its construction was funded by the Norwegian government and built in partnership with the country’s Crop Trust and is now a secure storage unit for around a million seed samples, representing over 13,000 years of agricultural history.

The location was chosen for good reason. Set deep within a mountain in a geologically inert area, there is a very low risk of earthquakes or volcanoes and similarly, Norway’s political system is also “very stable”, Ms Haga said.

The seeds are stored at -18C.

But the increasing likelihood of wet weather has already seen major upheaval at the site.

Following heavy rainfall in October 2016, the entrance to the seed vault became half-flooded and ended up freezing into huge blocks of ice.

None of the water reached the vault itself, but since then major works to replace the original steel entrance tunnel with a waterproof concrete one have been undertaken.

Inger Hanssen-Bauer, a senior researcher at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the editor of the report on Svalbard, said the reason the region is undergoing such massive temperature rises was because of accelerated Arctic warming.

This has occurred due to rising temperatures which reduce ice and snow cover. This means less sunlight is reflected off the surface of the Earth and more solar energy is absorbed by the darker surfaces that have been exposed.


61 Comments on "‘Doomsday vault’ town warming quicker than any other on Earth"

  1. Not JuanP on Mon, 1st Apr 2019 6:48 pm 

    makati1 on Mon, 1st Apr 2019 6:44 pm

  2. JuanP on Mon, 1st Apr 2019 6:49 pm 

    makati1 on Mon, 1st Apr 2019 6:44 pm

  3. Davy on Mon, 1st Apr 2019 7:01 pm 

    I am JuanP


  4. Davy on Mon, 1st Apr 2019 7:05 pm 

    I am not JuanP


  5. Davy on Mon, 1st Apr 2019 7:06 pm 

    am so JuanP

  6. More Davy IAMTHEMOB Sock Puppetry on Mon, 1st Apr 2019 7:06 pm 

    DavyMOB on Mon, 1st Apr 2019 6:44 pm

  7. makati1 on Mon, 1st Apr 2019 7:12 pm 

    JuanP, keep up the Davy harassment. The regulars here know which posts are mine and which are just Davy using my name. So obvious! Another sunny summer day here in the Ps. ^_^

  8. Anonymouse on Mon, 1st Apr 2019 9:42 pm 

    What ‘harassment’? I dont see any of that going on. All I see is JuanP neutering and moderating some extremist dumbasses……extremism. That is never a bad thing. Of course, if the dumbass would just get checked into the local nuthouse, wouldn’t be any need for any of that now would there? Someday soon we hope.

    Of course, I am discounting all the fake posts made by Davy turd and his sock, I AM THE DAVYSOCK, under JuanP’s handle.


  9. makati1 on Mon, 1st Apr 2019 9:53 pm 

    Anon, most of the posts are by Davy and his socks. They are obvious. I ignore them.

  10. Peak Oil Ombudsman on Tue, 2nd Apr 2019 6:00 am 

    It’s called reciprocity. Just look at how nasty, vindictive, cruel the POS was to shortonoil. Why? Because the guy dared to disagree with pin head, DavySkum.

    Man, if that POS was in the service, he would have had the royal shit kicked out of him over and over and over until he learned his lesson or was tossed out on a Section 8. Mak knows what I’m talking about since he served.

  11. makati1 on Tue, 2nd Apr 2019 10:25 pm 

    POM…your talking about a “blanket party”. LOL yep, he would not last a day in the services. If he was in a war zone, he would be shot in a “friendly fire” accident.

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