Hope for the Future, Plan for the Fallout: Inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Literature, cinema, even video games have given us no meager supply of global disaster scenarios, be they in the form of annihilating wars, pulverizing natural catastrophes, or sweeping pandemics that leave ragged survivors scrounging for boxed potatoes amid hordes of cannibalistic zombies. What we hear less about, however, are the real-life precautions governments and research groups take should any of these scenarios bear fruit – or rather, threaten to wipe it out.

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