Syrian war spurs first withdrawal from ‘doomsday’ Arctic seed vault | Sydney Morning Herald

Pretty amazing stuff:

The vault, which opened on the Svalbard archipelago in 2008, is designed to protect crop seeds – such as beans, rice and wheat – against the worst cataclysms of nuclear war or disease.

It has more than 860,000 samples, from almost all nations, including Australia. Even if the power were to fail, the vault would stay frozen and sealed for at least 200 years.