The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway is probably the world’s best known doomsday repository of seeds to be used post-apocalype. The Guardian reports that it is mired in controversy “over whether this is the best hope of feeding the world after a catastrophe or just an overpriced deep freeze”:
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One Tuesday last winter, in the town nearest to the North Pole, Robert Bjerke turned up for work at his regular hour and looked at the computer monitor on his desk to discover, or so it seemed for a few horrible moments, that the future of human civilisation was in jeopardy.
The morning of 16 December 2014 was relatively mild for winter in Svalbard: -7.6C with moderate winds. The archipelago, which lies in the Arctic ocean, is under Norway’s control, but it is nearly twice as far from Oslo as it is from the North Pole.