Fact Check: Did the Global Seed Vault Flood Because of Global Warming? https://t.co/U4OnSvCMzB— The Weekly Standard (@weeklystandard) May 25, 2017
On Friday, May 19, the Guardian and Wired ran stories claiming that melting permafrost had put the Global Seed Vault at risk. Their claims boiled down to the following:
- Melting permafrost had flooded the facility because of record-warm winter temperatures.
- Water in the entryway caught facility managers by surprise and endangered the seeds.
But these reports weren't quite right. Popular Science then published a piece explaining that the reported worse-than-ever flooding was actually somewhat routine. According to the article:
- Water seeps into the entryway every year, according to Cary Fowler who spearheaded the vault's creation.
- The front of the facility was designed to divert water runoff, and the seed storage is uphill of the tunnel entrance.
In fact, the seeds in the Seed Vault preserve 881,473 different types of plants from 233 countries in order to backstop the loss or failure of local seed banks....