A Dire Warning From The "Doomsday Vault"

Climate change alarmists are taking full advantage of the “Sudden Stratospheric Warming” (SSW) event, which occurred above the Arctic in mid-February, as further evidence that the world’s unpredictable and sometimes chaotic weather is jeopardizing humanity’s food security.

The split of the polar vortex, otherwise known as an SSW event, shifted the Arctic airmass to most of Europe as well as Western parts of North America. Climate alarmist pointed out that massive snowstorms in Europe, dangerous weather patterns in the United States, and rain in the Arctic demonstrates how extreme weather is altering seasonal growing patterns.

Here is what Bloomberg said, “the world was upside down: it was raining in the Arctic Circle and snowing in Rome,” as explained above, the SSW event has been the primary driver of chaotic weather since mid-February.

Researchers, activists, executives and government officials gathered in Longyearbyen, a small coal-mining town on Spitsbergen Island, in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of what has become known as the “Doomsday Vault,” which is an underground bunker buried deep inside a mountain where the world stores its plant seeds from apocalyptic consequences of climate change and war, said Bloomberg.

Last month, we reported how the Norwegian government is planning to allocate 100 million kroner ($13 million) in technical improvements to enhance the facility after it sprung a leak from melting permafrost — officials warned that climate change could put the facility at risk.

“Biodiversity is the building block to develop new plants and because of climate change we’re in a terrible need to quickly develop new varieties,” said Aaslaug Marie Haga, executive director of Crop Trust, a group established to support gene banks. “The climate is changing quicker than the plants can handle.”

The “Doomsday Vault” is a secure seed bank buried deep inside a mountain on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago. The underground bunker is a long-term seed storage facility, built to keep its three vaults cool for 200-years — and can survive natural or human-made disasters.

The “Doomsday Vault” serves as a storage facility for more than 850,000 seed samples, according to the Bloomberg, which the three vault rooms are cooled to -18 °C (-3 °F).

Bloomberg describes the organizations behind the “Doomsday Vault:”

The vault is run by NordGen, the Nordic gene bank. A total of 74 institutes globally have deposits, and only those that send seeds have access. One notable exception is China, which has not signed the treaty, and is creating its own seed and gene banks outside the international cooperation. Participants say the real fight to preserve biodiversity is at the local level. Crop Trust is seeking to build an $850 million fund to finance its efforts, a long way to go from its current level of $285 million. Its largest donors are the U.S., Germany and Norway, but it’s now looking more to private business for funding.  

“We have to be prepared for the unknown,” Jon Georg Dale, Norway’s food and agriculture minister, said in his hotel in Longyearbyen during the event, where he was stuck after canceling a snow-scooter trip because of the thaw gripping the Arctic.

Some researchers, activists, executives, and government officials at the conference said there are no signs that the United States is backing away from its enviormental commitments, but did stress, Trump’s climate skepticism is concerning.

Ann Tutwiler, a former Obama-administration official who’s now head of Bioversity International, a global research group backed by more than 50 governments said, “businesses are becoming more aware of the problems of losing biodiversity.”

“The narrative of the 20th century was that we have to produce more food and that was all about a very narrow range of crops,” said Tutwiler. “Now because we have other issues we are trying to solve, such as climate and nutrition there’s a recognition you can’t do that with just those crops.”

Patrick Mulvany, an agriculturalist and adviser on biodiversity and food sovereignty said, ” the real efforts aren’t being made where they are needed the most: on the ground with the farmers who are not getting adequately compensated.”

“Unless that happens our future food is very insecure,” he said. “You can have as many seeds as you want locked up in the vault here but they deteriorate a little bit over time and they aren’t adapting to climate and new social pressures.”

It the minds of a climate change alarmist, well, never let a serious crisis go to waste. With the recent wild swings in weather across Europe and the United States, alarmists have come out of the woodwork — pushing their fear-mongering rhetoric of impending climate doom. But why? Well, perhaps, in the case of the “Doomsday Vault,” officials are looking for more government handouts to fund operations.

And there it is, the ah-ha moment: climate change alarmist preying on fear [climate change] to extract money from governments. 

Comments

Slack Jack Jethro Fri, 03/09/2018 - 23:01 Permalink

Record-Setting Hurricanes; Record temperatures; Record-Setting Wildfires; ya think it might be global warming?

THE EVIDENCE OF GLOBAL WARMING IS OVERWHELMING.

So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/

or a copy of that page at http://www.preearth.net/pdfs/USGS-sea-level-and-climate.pdf

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:

http://preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=23

Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.

http://preearth.net/images/temp-anomalies-1880-2017.txt

The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/faq/anomalies.php scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

http://preearth.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=23

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californiagirl TBT or not TBT Sat, 03/10/2018 - 00:00 Permalink

About 3 million years ago, when the Panama isthmus closed off the space between North and South America and dramatically changed the flow of ocean currents,  Earth began a cycle of ice ages, with brief interglacial periods like we are currently enjoying.  Initially these glacial cycles were approximately 40,000 years, but a million years ago, small, recurrent changes in our orbit around the Sun caused that cycle to change to 100,000 years, which happens to be the length of Earth's solar orbit pattern (one of the Milankovitch cycles), which goes through a pattern of becoming more and less eliptical. We are no where near the high temperatures of the previous interglacial, and not even the high temperatures of our current Holocene interglacial, which may have already peaked as we are nearing the end, based on the average span of the interglacials for the past million years.  

https://goo.gl/images/tW5ist

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bluez Shillinlikeavillan Sat, 03/10/2018 - 03:40 Permalink

Forget "anthropogenic global warming".

The reality is that the clathrate gun is going full auto right now. Also known as the Arctic Methane Emergency (AME).

What this says is unless we have global thermonuclear war, a Yellowstone level supervolcano, or a giant meteor, we will all fry like Colonel Sanders chicken at 240 Fahrenheit in nine years.

Simply because of the Arctic supervolcano. Thanks for all the fish.

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Tarzan D503 Sat, 03/10/2018 - 07:59 Permalink

There is an attack on seed sharing and seed libraries.  it's a little known fact, sharing seed has been outlawed in some states. 

Is Sharing Seeds Illegal in Your State? – Food Tank

Seed libraries, initiatives that allow gardeners to share seeds with others in their community, have steadily gained popularity in the United States, with more than 400 seed libraries currently documented. However, since the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) controversial investigation of the Simpson Seed Library in Mechanicsburg, PA, in June 2014, the legal status of community seed libraries is in question across the country.

add to that Monsanto and the rest trying to outlaw seeds that reproduce seed and it's clear, if your not holding heirloom seeds, your not paying attention!!!

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Bwana Tarzan Sat, 03/10/2018 - 16:38 Permalink

Be glad you don't live in California. Over two years ago the "State" in it's efforts to control everyone and everything they do outlawed growing a home vegetable garden, if you have never grown one before; and if you have grown one previously it is against the law to make it bigger. It is also against the law to barter in California.

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ATM ZENDOG Sat, 03/10/2018 - 15:44 Permalink

Every person on earth could fit in the state of Rhode Island with room to spare. Every fucking one of 7.6 billion people.

In the US there are 11.1 million census blocks. In 4.8 million of them not one person lives.

Don't give me that bullshit about "too many people".  

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californiagirl Pinto Currency Sat, 03/10/2018 - 02:13 Permalink

To Pinto Currency:    Anthropogenic climate theory completely ignores the major impacts of our Sun and our solar system's location within the galaxy.  As it happens, the Magnetosphere has been declining at an increasingly rapid rate, allowing more cosmic and solar radiation to ionize our atmosphere, increasing humidity in general (and solar dimming). The more crap (from pollution, intentional and otherwise), that is in our atmosphere, the more ionized condensation nuclei will be created (by the increasing cosmic radiation) for water to cling to and remain in the atmosphere.  Our poles have been wandering as well, perhaps preparing for a flip, and the sunspot cycle has been progressively weaker over the last four cycles, as has the Sun's heliosphere, which also protects us from cosmic radiation.  A molten jet of iron that is over 400km wide, below the surface of North America and Russia, has tripled its speed since 2000.  And, to make things a bit more interesting, the solar system, which has been traveling through a highly magnetized section of space for the last 50,000 years as it rotates around the Milkyway's center, has already begun entering a magnetic void, a process expected to take about two decades (within our lifetime), where another source of magnetic protection will greatly diminish. BTW, the other planets in our solar system have also been experiencing dramatic climate changes. Perhaps the IPCC temperature data manipulators would all like to believe these major factors are irrelevant to our puny Earth's climate change.  or perhaps they think that our excessive anthropogenic CO2 is causing all the other planets and the sun to undergo dramatic climate changes.  However, I choose to believe that solar and cosmic factors play a much more significant role than anthropogenic CO2. I do not deny that there is climate change, but I am highly skeptical that there will be a runaway greenhouse effect because of cow farts and humans exhaling. I will place my bets that Earth will stick with it's millions of years of 100,000-year glacial cycles.

With all that increase in Gamma cosmic radiation coming our way as our magnetic shields decline, I would appreciate if all those IPCC scientists work on solutions to shielding humans from the deadly radiation, rather than figure out how to manipulate the temperature data to resemble a hockey stick.

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vietnamvet californiagirl Sat, 03/10/2018 - 11:24 Permalink

Climate science does not ignore solar cycles, but don't let actual science get in your way.  Here's a science experiment for you, particularly relevant considering your comment about climate change being caused by humans exhaling: plant your fat lips around the tailpipe of your car, and take a deep breath.  If you live, consider that every gallon of gas produces about 21lbs of CO2 plus other wonderful gases, multiply the number of gallons consumed EVERY FUCKING DAY in CA, and you'll get some idea of the CO2 being loaded into the environment, despite your stupid fucking claim.

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mijev vietnamvet Sat, 03/10/2018 - 11:36 Permalink

The next time you suffer from respiratory problems, ask the ER folks to remove any co2 from the oxygen they give you. Usually it's up to 50kppm. We are starved of CO2 and suffering from respiratory problems, especially at sea levels. The last time the planet had an abundance of co2 was during the reign of the dinosaurs and instead of causing thermal runaway the planet went into an ice age. 

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S.N.A.F.U. mijev Sat, 03/10/2018 - 16:07 Permalink

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Usually it's up to 50kppm. We are starved of CO2

You are making a hilariously bogus "logic leap" there.  (I'm assuming you're a human and not a plant, and by "we" you mean humans and not plants.  Many plants may indeed be described as starved for CO2 at the present time.)

Even short-term exposure to just 5,000 ppm CO2 is detrimental to humans.  See "In-Flight Carbon Dioxide Exposures and Related Symptoms: Associations, Susceptibility and Operational Implications".

50,000 ppm is well into what NIOSH considers the "immediately dangerous to life or health" range.  From the linked paper:
"The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which conducts research and advises OSHA, recommends an additional "immediately dangerous to life or health" exposure limit of 40,000 ppm (4% or 30 mm Hg)."

The only reason I can think of that medics would use high CO2 is because the human body determines it needs more air when it sees high CO2 (low O2 doesn't register as a problem), so CO2 can be used to stimulate breathing which may be useful for a patient who is both unconscious and has something severely wrong with their breathing and the medic wants to "CO2 shock" their body into increased automatic breathing.  However, breathing air with 50,000 ppm CO2 is not something anyone should do for any period of time when not under immediate medical supervision.  And even if a short dose of 50,000 ppm CO2 might save someone's life, going from that data point to concluding that continuously breathing air with high levels of CO2 is a good idea is like seeing someone's life getting saved with a defibrillator and concluding that a constant 600 volts to the chest is a good idea and that "we are starved of electricity".

Of course, nothing I stated above disproves the idea that humans might do better at slightly higher CO2 levels (e.g. 1,000 ppm), just that the reasoning you provided was bogus.  You might want to look into studies about cognitive performance vs CO2 levels if you're actually interested in seeing hard data that disagrees with your thesis that humans are "starved of CO2".  I might not have even brought that relation up over concern that the CAGW-activists might try to use such data to justify lower CO2 levels, but such activists don't actually give a shit about humans so it would never occur to them.

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wintermute californiagirl Sat, 03/10/2018 - 16:03 Permalink

>  I do not deny that there is climate change, but I am highly skeptical that there will be a runaway greenhouse effect because of cow farts and humans exhaling.
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Your otherwise informed commentary is completely undermined by recourse to strawman and hand-waving.

Recycled COand relatively small amounts of methane from biological sources is not a problem. The problem comes from unlocking carbon from 300 million-year-old coal, oil and gas deposits: fossil fuels. These emissions are changing the composition of our atmosphere. The CO2 level is passing 3 million year highs, heading towards highs seen 60 million years ago when sea-levels were also much higher. 

We can sit back and pretend that nothing is happening because the inertia present in large systems gives a lagging effect. However, second-order consequences such as permafrost and undersea methane release from clathrate hydrates is a major concern.

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indygo55 Manthong Sat, 03/10/2018 - 07:14 Permalink

Really! What's the matter with these guys? They build this thing to resist environmental changes and disasters. The temp rises a few degrees and they now need millions more to fix the leaks. Geeze! They should have hired real professionals instead of their inbred relatives into cushy jobs and done it right the first time. 

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mijev Endgame Napoleon Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:53 Permalink

"although I have no idea how scientists can be sure about all of those climatological phases"

The previous interglacial was determined by studying the seychelles. The Seychelles are formed from granite and yet scientists found coral on top of the islands and worked out that 120k years ago they were under water. The seal levels were 6m higher than today. I can't get to google here but it should be easy to find the reports. 

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californiagirl Endgame Napoleon Sat, 03/10/2018 - 03:13 Permalink

From what I have read, the temperature data was gathered from ice cores and ocean sediment cores.  For ice cores, Uranium has been used to date the core from Antarctica. The dust in ice cores contain Uranium.  There were also ice cores taken from Greenland.  Stable isotopes of oxygen and hydrogen are trapped in the ice. The isotopes are measured through a mass spectrometer. Changing concentrations through time in layers provided a detailed record of temperature change, going back hundreds of thousands of years. 

For the deep ocean sediment cores, it has something to do with the ratio of magnesium to calcium contained in fossilized shells of highly-abundant organisms called foraminifera, and analysis of oxygen isotopes from the same cores.
This article discusses the foraminifera.
https://phys.org/news/2012-10-deep-ocean-sediment-ancient-temperature.html#jCp

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