I personally love the idea of the Doomsday Vault, which I wrote about as early as 2007. Well, time flies and now it's time for upgrades to one of humanity's most dystopic ideas - the Svalbard International Seed Vault.
Parents! Looking for something to do with the kids? Have you considered taking them to the Seed Vault?
(Spend a day with the kids at the Svalbard International Seed Vault)
Norway plans to spend 100 million Norwegian crowns ($13 million) to upgrade a doomsday seed vault on an Arctic island.
An unexpected thaw of permafrost meant some water flowed into the entrance of the tunnel to the vault in late 2016. A decade ago, Norway said that it had cost $9 million to build the facility.
In 2015, researchers made a first withdrawal from the vault after Syria’s civil war damaged a seed bank near the Syrian city of Aleppo. The seeds were grown and re-deposited at the Svalbard vault last year.
“This demonstrates that the seed vault is a worldwide insurance for food supply for future generations,” Agriculture Minister Jon Georg Dale said in a statement.
Well, parents, you'll need to plan ahead, because the Seed Vault is only open a few days each year.