How does the Internet actually work geographically? Where are the "backbones?" How is each part of the world, each country, connected? Where is the traffic most intense? Where is connectivity most vulnerable?
These are important questions. You can probably think of others. The answers are not easy to find. Here is a link to a very promising project: http://www.lumeta.com/internetmapping/
The Global Seed Vault located in the Arctic at Svalbard, Norway is a project of the Global Crop Diversity Trust. The high-security seed vault houses in cold storage crop seeds from all over the world as a means of protecting biodiversity through conservation. The seeds stored at the vault included crop species which are threatened as well as more common varieties. Protection of biodiversity of crop species may prove critical in the face of global climate change.