The World’s Doomsday Bunker Holds The Key To Survival, But Not For Long

The Arctic “Doomsday” vault that preserves humanity’s food sources is having its own doomsday crisis.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, located deep within a mountain on the northern Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, was designed to protect the world’s most precious seeds from global catastrophe, but has had flooding issues since last year.

The seed bank officially opened in 2008, and contains millions of packets of seeds from almost every country in the world.

The idea here is that in the event of a major regional or global disaster, these seeds can be preserved and replanted if needed be.

However, no one suspected these seeds, which can last for up to 1,000 years, would be needed only a few years after its high-security doors were closed in 2008.

The civil war in Syria resulted in the first seed to be withdrawn to replace those previously stored in a gene bank in Aleppo, and now rising global temperatures are putting the whole structure at risk.

That being said, there’s still time to fix this issue, and the Norwegian government is already working on it.

Stock Up On Chocolate, Your Favorite Treat May Go Extinct In A Few Decades

Chocolate is the world’s favorite treat, but according to scientists, people around the world will have to satisfy their sweet tooth with something else in the coming decades.

Experts at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have predicted that chocolate will go extinct by 2050.

Chocolate, which is made from cocao plants, mostly comes from West Africa. These plants thrive in rainforests, but as global warming threatens our future, cocao farms are in danger of closing down.

Some have suggested that these seeds can be moved into the mountains, to make up for the drier and hotter temperatures to come, but those areas are unsuitable for cultivation, and would disrupt the ecosystem.  

But there may be a glimmer of hope in spite of all this…

“Sex-Crazed” Oysters Are Getting Herpes And It’s Killing Them

If you love seafood, and oysters in particular, you’ll be alarmed to know that a recent report has found a deadly virus that is spreading rapidly and threatening Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas).

Oysters eat tiny plankton that they filter from the surrounding water. A single oyster will process up to 50 gallons of water in a day, thus improving water quality and making their ecosystems healthier.

Unfortunately, the water they grow in can be filled with disease-causing microorganisms that affect both oysters and humans….