Alright so i just came back from work and I’m about to start drawing number 16 of my drawing a challenge and i thought well i have to wait till my battery charges as well as my ring light the batteries for my ring light, I have to wait.
Till they charge as well so that i would give you guys a tour of my actual studio space, it’s not really a studio space it’s more like a corner in my Russian bunker, yes I do live in a Russian bunker it’s not actually a Russian bunker but.
Little bit of backstory i do live in berlin and i live on the east side of Berlin, so it’s a little bit cheaper but unfortunately the downside to living cheaper is that we live in a Russian building that was built during I think.
Either i think ours was built in the seventies but as we all know the story of Berlin there is the Eastside and there was the Westside so I technically live on the eastside. Can you hear? yeah it’s like concrete and I feel like.
I’m in a bunker yeah it’s quite interesting but anyway so i tried to make, I made a sort of art area in my living room. I used to have it in the bedroom but I decided to move to the living room because it’s.
Just more space and i’m closer to my rabbit as well so here is sort of the space here. It’s a bit dark, cause it’s quite late you can see outside, the light is going away and so yeah so while my battery wait i’m.
Going to go around and show you guys what I have as art supplies and what I got for my birthday because my birthday was actually yesterday october third and I got a few things for my birthday and I also treated myself to new gear like.
Camera accessories and art supplies and actually I today I got a gift for my colleagues 35 euros to the art store so I can’t wait to go because I know exactly what I’m going to buy probably buy some more markers not like i have.
A Rare Look Inside The Doomsday Seed Vault Deep In The Arctic
That’s me! i’m on svalbard, an archipelago 800 miles from the north pole. there are polar bears and glaciers, and also the most amazing genetic library I have ever seen. Howdy seeders of knowledge, Trace here for DNews. If youve never heard of Svalbard before, its this place right here. Waaay up there on top of the planet. It’s far away from civilization, but Svalbard might be one of the most important places in the world. The place in charge of protecting the future of our food.
In there, you have 13,000 years history of agriculture. it’s quite amazing. That’s Marie Haga, she’s the Executive Director of the CropTrust, the group that oversees the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Inside that vault are boxes, and inside the boxes? Seeds. Quite simply, seeds. Normally somewhere between 300 and 500 seeds in these aluminum foil envelopes, and that’s all there is. Nothing else. Seed vaults exist in most nations. There are 1750 of them across the planet. But sometimes,.
They fail. this is where the svalbard global seed vault comes in. We collect seeds from absolutely all over the world, or countries or institutions and jails choose to use this as a backup facility. The main reason it’s so far North is because Svalbard is cold. It’s got a permafrost, meaning the ground never really thaws, even in the summer. Seeds like to be stored long term at minus 18 degrees. It’s a great advantage then when.
The permafrost gives minus 6 at the outset. By digging a 130 meter tunnel deep into the mountain, the vault is under that permafrost, meaning they only had to cool it the remaining 12 celsius. At that temperature, the 860 thousand varieties currently in the vault can be held for decades; some wheat varieties could last a 1000 years! But it wouldn’t be DNews if we didn’t say more research is needed. They don’t have this.
All figured out. seeds have been saved by farmers since the dawn of agriculture, but saving for a year is one thing, they’re talking about saving them for GENERATIONS. That’s not easy. Especially since our bananas don’t even have seeds, so CropTrust uses cryopreservation for those, same with coconuts. So, nations around the world put their seeds in this Vault on Svalbard. But CropTrust doesn’t own them. See, Svalbard is governed by Norway, but party to an international demilitarization.
Treaty; meaning it’s neutral ground for places like russia and ukraine, whose seeds sit on the same shelf even the hermit kingdom of North Korea can store their seeds there. But aside from serving as a backup for the global food machine, the Seed Vault also represents something else a genetic library of evolutionary successes. Wheat originates in, certainly the Middle East, probably in Syria. Now we grow wheat absolutely all over the world.
It has taken many thousand years for these plants to move around the globe. the challenge these days is really that the climate changes so fast, so the plants are not able to adapt. // This is why we need to introduce, for example, genes from a wild relative. That can ma ke sure that wheat can grow in funny climates, with, for example, less water. Or that it’s able to fight a new disease that stems from climate change. We actually think that these wild relatives of the domesticated species can really be.
Game changers in the way that we develop plants. So scientists are tirelessly travelling the world to gather more seeds, and bring those into the vault too. They gotta GROW that library, know what I mean? Pun intended. But it’s not a joke, because farmers don’t want to GROW all these crops; they need to make dollahs. And they and agribusinesses grow for YIELD. But, when we choose yield over diversity, we lose genetic variety. We in the U.S. only have about 10 percent of the variety of fruits.