For centuries, Pacific Islands have been raided by mining interests with little to show for it. Harnessing their enormous green mineral wealth must be done justly.
Antarctic hydrothermal vents.;
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Among the dozens of endangered species, is a spiky snail named after The Clash lead singer, Joe Strummer.
IUCN workers staff pavilions at the seventh World Conservation Congress in Marseille, southern France.
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Which species are becoming endangered and which are recovering, according to the IUCN World Conservation Congress?
Contracts for exploring the deep sea are due to expire before a safe mining code can be agreed.
What is a ‘blue acceleration’ doing to our oceans?
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As few as 100 companies produced 60% of revenues in eight ocean industries in 2018.
Mining is not just a physical engineering process. It requires social engineering as well.
Oceans are teeming with life and are connected to society through history and culture, shipping and economic activity, geopolitics and recreation.
International law does not meaningfully address biodiversity conservation in the high seas. We risk losing marine species before we have a chance to identify and understand them.
Oil tankers load up in a port at twilight.
The Great Acceleration inaugurated the Anthropocene in the 1950s. Now, a similar race for resources and space is happening in the ocean.
Deep-sea mining could open a new industrial frontier in the world’s oceans.
Companies are developing technologies to mine the deep sea, but environmental regulations have yet to be finalized.
The scaly-foot snail, otherwise known as the sea pangolin.
When Julia Sigwart went looking for the scaly-foot snail – or Sea Pangolin – in the deep ocean, they were hard to find. Now they are seen as endangered from the prospect of deep sea mining.
JC142 research cruise: reproduced with permission of the British Geological Survey, National Oceanography Centre ©UKRI 2018.
Deep sea mining could supply valuable rare minerals to green technology, but one project in the south-west Pacific is invoking the wrath of local spirits.
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It seems almost inevitable that deep sea mining will open a new and substantial chapter of humanity’s relationship with the oceans.
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Scientists investigating an underwater mountain have found lots of tellurium, a mineral used in some solar panels.
Deep seabed mining for minerals might soon become a reality.
Mining the deep oceans for minerals may soon become a reality, but the risks involved are many. So who is able to regulate this emerging industry?
Will what lies beneath still be there once we’ve finished with it?
The deep sea is the largest habitat on earth and incredibly important to humans, but it faces many threats – from increased human exploitation to the effects of climate change. As this exploitation expands…
Amid global demand for rare earth minerals, there has been a strong interest in deep sea mining.
Defence behemoth Lockheed Martin’s recent announcement of a venture into deep sea mining (DSM) reflects growing interest in exploiting virgin mining territory. In what is being described by some as a “deep…