A police officer, foreground right, looks on, as last minute preparations are made inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Longyearbyen, Norway, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008. The "doomsday" seed vault built to protect millions of food crops from climate change, wars and natural disasters opened Tuesday deep within an Arctic mountain in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. (AP Photo/John McConnico)

Syrian Civil War Prompts Opening Of ‘Doomsday’ Arctic Seed Vault

Opened in 2008, Svalbard Global Seed Bank in Norway aims to preserve the genetic diversity of human agriculture amid the threat of major disasters, like the situation in Syria today.