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What Seeds are in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault?

What Seeds are in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault?

Looking out the back door of Svalbarði's headquarters we can see the famous Svalbard Global Seed Vault right up the hill. Few people know what seeds are actually inside, so we decided to find out the facts by combing through operator NordGen's detailed Seed Portal database of the 642 million seeds in the vault.
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Bottles of top 10 most expensive water brands in 2019

What is the Most Expensive Bottled Water in the World in 2019?

A Google or YouTube search for "most expensive water" or "most expensive bottled water" turns up a quick series of lists. Most use old incorrect data including brands that no longer exist, and/or the prices are wrong. So we've gathered an updated list. We exclude the few "crazy" waters sold for tens of thousands of dollars as publicity stunts and count only brands that are really available somewhere in the world. So here are the world's top 10 most expensive waters in 2019.
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DRM of Norway and Svalbarði, A Luxury Gourmet Partnership

DRM of Norway and Svalbarði, A Luxury Gourmet Partnership

We are pleased to announce the start of our new partnership with DRM of Norway. Svalbarði will now be available for all DRM of Norway luxury culinary experiences and alongside their curated product offerings. The concept for Svalbarði began forming at the time our founder Jamal Qureshi was living in the southern Norwegian city of Stavanger. Known as the entrance to western Norway's fjord country, Stavanger is also home to some of Norway's finest culinary experiences. It is the only city outside of Oslo with Michelin star awarded restaurants. Despite being only one-fifth the size of the capital, Stavanger has two Michelin star restaurants to...

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault Entrance Frøhvelv Longyearbyen Svalbard Norway

Svalbard's "Doomsday Vault" at 10

Monday 26 February 2018 marked the 10 year anniversary of the opening of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Run by the non-profit Crop Trust based in Berlin, and majority funded by the Norwegian government (along with private donations), the purpose of the Vault is to preserve food crop seeds from around the world. It acts as a backup to other seed banks around the globe (thus the nickname "Doomsday Vault"), working to ensure that problems from natural or man-made disasters won't be able to cause crops to go extinct. Whether by global warming writ large, a growing hungry world population, or wars such...

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Coal, Climate, and Community: Svalbard in Transition

Coal, Climate, and Community: Svalbard in Transition

“It’s like being on another planet” is a frequently heard comment by visitors gazing at Svalbard’s vast arctic wilderness. Taking a flight over this group of islands neighboring the North Pole reveals vast stretches of icy mountains and glaciers where no human has set foot. Yet, in a handful of places the uninitiated might be surprised to spot clusters of lights revealing modern settlements. In these tiny hives amidst the arctic desert, people are engaged in a centuries-old tradition of relying on ingenuity and determination to survive. Nearly all of those efforts have been aided by a natural resource Svalbard was discovered to be rich in: coal. But now that coal's impact on the environment is understood, its role in Svalbard is ending. What comes next for the people who make Svalbard home and the untamed nature they and the entire world want to preserve for future generations?

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