Life After Earth - NYT Article
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Life After Earth: Imagining Survival Beyond This Terra
From the article (emphasis mine) :
When the dust settles after World War III, or World War IX, humanity will
still want to grow pineapples, rice, coffee and other crops. That is why in
June on the island of Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic, all five
Scandinavian prime ministers met to break ground on a $4.8-million "doomsday
vault" that will stockpile crop seeds in case of global catastrophe.
While it boasts the extra safety of Arctic temperatures, the seed bank is
just the latest life-preservation plan to reach reality, joining genetic
banks like the Frozen Ark, a British program that is storing DNA samples
from endangered species like the scimitar-horned oryx, the Seychelles
Fr�gate beetle and the British field cricket.
To a certain group preoccupied with doomsday, these projects are laudable
but share a deep flaw: they are Earth-bound. A global catastrophe � like a
collision with an asteroid or a nuclear winter � would have to be rather
tame in order not to rattle the test tubes in the various ark-style labs
around the world. What kind of feeble doomsday would leave London safe and
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