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Climate Change Threatens "Doomsday Vault" in the Arctic Circle

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The Global Seed Vault located on Norway's Svalbard Archipelago holds over 900,000 samples of seeds from around the world as part of efforts to preserve global crop biodiversity. Image by Jennifer Duggan. Norway, 2017.
The Global Seed Vault located on Norway's Svalbard Archipelago holds over 900,000 samples of seeds from around the world as part of efforts to preserve global crop biodiversity. Image by Jennifer Duggan. Norway, 2017.

The Global Seed Vault--the so-called "Doomsday Vault" deep in the Arctic Circle--aims to protect crop biodiversity, particularly in light of climate change.

But climate change is creating threats for the vault and the Arctic.

Grantee Jennifer Duggan reports for Irish radio from Norway's Svalbard Archipelago. 

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