As if Al Gore‘s documentary, or even his divorce, didn’t shake our faith in humanity enough, now we have this:  the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is designed to protect us from our own stupidity. You know, like global warming and nuclear war.

It’s a seed vault buried inside a mountain on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen (retirement home to all former MLB players, I’ve heard), high enough to avoid the flood waters of melting ice caps and deep enough in the earth to survive Ahmadinejad‘s “peaceful” nuclear program.

The video above comes from National Geographic and it’s worth a watch, even if it’s a little perky for such a grim subject.  A tip of the hat to Serious Eats for alerting us to the video.