Monday, February 26, 2007

Norwegians guaranteeing the availability of seeds for future generations

All I can say is: wow.

The Svalbard International Seed Vault will be built into a mountainside on a remote island near the North Pole.

The vault aims to safeguard the world's agriculture from future catastrophes, such as nuclear war, asteroid strikes and climate change.

Construction begins in March, and the seed bank is scheduled to open in 2008.

The Norwegian government is paying the $5m (£2.5m) construction costs of the vault, which will have enough space to house three million seed samples.

Those Norwegians are awesome.

1 comment:

Xanthippas said...

That's pretty incredible. At least we'll have something to turn to when global warming kills half the plant species on the planet.