Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Norway to Build Seed-Laden North Pole Doomsday Vault

In an attempt to out–James Bond movie Sweden, Norway has developed plans to build a huge impregnable vault on a remote arctic island designed to withstand complete global anihilation and preserve—wait for it—seeds:
The Svalbard International Seed Vault will begin construction in March of '07, and it's supposed to open in '08. The project will cost approximately $5 million dollars to build, and will be so large three million different seed samples will fit snugly inside. The Global Crop Diversity Trust is the organisation apparently spearheading all this, and their executive director said of the project:

"We want a safety net because we do not want to take too many chances with crop biodiversity. Can you imagine an effective, efficient, sustainable response to climate change, water shortages, food security issues without what is going to go in the vault - it is the raw material of agriculture."
Link (via Rocketboom). The always diligent science-news source BBC has further details:
"What we're trying to do is build a back-up to these, so that a sample of all the material in these gene banks can be kept in the gene bank in Spitsbergen," [the Trust's Geoff] Hawtin added.

The Norwegian government is due to start work on the seed vault next year, when it will drill into a sandstone mountain on Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard archipelago, about 966km (600 miles) from the North Pole.
Yet that March 2007 build date seems a little optimistic when you consider that construction was slated to begin last June.

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Blogger dan said...

Subject: "Polar City Red" looking for Hollywood deal!

Dear Hollywood Player,

I need an agent/producer to help bring a global warming sci-fi
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is getting worldwide attention via the Internet. The working title of
the movie is "Polar City Red". It is about a polar city in the far
distant future, which houses remnants of humanity who have survived
global warming in the North Pole area and whose "breeding pairs"
remainthe only hope for the continuation of humankind on Earth. The
year: 2500, maybe 3500. Not so far away, maybe even sooner than that.

My name is Danny Bloom. See my blog at
http://climatechange3000.blogspot.com and see the Wikipedia entry
under "Polar Cities". Also google the term "Polar Cities" and you see
where I am going with this.

It's getting later earlier and earlier. In the line of such films as
"The Day After Tomorrow" and "Sunrise", my movie project titled "Polar
City Red" is based on my blog and represents a major opportunity for
our team to strike gold and have an impact on society as well.

The storyline is this: in the distant future, a group of survivors of
global warming live in a polar city in the Arctic region of Earth, and
the 100 breeding pairs of males and females remain the only hope for
the continuation of the species. The movie explains how climate change
caused all this, how most of Earth's 6 billion people died in the
catastrophe of global warming, and all the things that led up this
event. However, the films is both a warming and a hopeful note that we
can survive in these polar cities of the future and that we will

I am assembling a team now. Want to join? Want to lead? Email me here.
I live in Taiwan, far from the madding crowds and the madness of
modern life.


Danny Bloom
Tufts 1971

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