Recently, the world was excited by the news that in the area of the World Seed Repository on the island of Svalbard the temperature rose to an all-time high – almost 22 degrees Celsius. Experts told what wealth hides the so-called “Doomsday vault” and why in 2015 as many as 130 boxes of this wealth were given to Syria.
The authors of the meteorological portal Gismeteo published an article about how in 2008 mankind, concerned about the likely future catastrophes, decided to create an untouchable stock of seeds of different crops. The vault is built just a thousand kilometers from the North Pole to provide the seeds with the coolness needed for long-term storage.
Journalists gave the project a loud name – “Doomsday vault”. The vault became a kind of a black day’s head, experts say. Seeds from the vault should save the world’s population in the event of a comet fall, global war, or climate change.
But sometimes the untouchable stock still has to be distributed without waiting for the world cataclysms: for example, in 2015 it was necessary to send 130 boxes of wheat and oats to Syria – due to the military situation in the country.
Experts add that in the vault on Svalbard you can find not only the usual wheat, barley, or rye, but also very exotic specimens – from Asian guar beans to flowers from the garden of the Prince of Wales.
However, recently on Svalbard recorded the highest temperature in the history of observations. According to the Country Meteorological Institute, the temperature in the storage area reached the level of 21.7 degrees Celsius. The previous temperature record was recorded in 1979 and was 21.3 degrees Celsius. At the same time, Svalbard is one thousand kilometers from the North Pole. The average temperature in summer in this area is usually 5…
In this regard, climatologists are already sounding the alarm. According to their data, the average temperature in the region from 1971 to 2017 has already increased by 3-5 degrees. Experts predict that it will only get worse.