Deep-sea mining

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Data storage, mining and wind: oceans seen as new frontier but at what cost?
Industries gazing out to sea in search of more space, more cold, clean water and more wind offer a glimpse of the future and its risks

Helen Scales

01, Dec, 2021 @1:00 PM

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New Zealand supreme court blocks seabed mining consent
Campaigners hail ruling preventing TTR dredging 50m tonnes of iron-sands from South Taranaki seabed, though mining firm says it will try again

Karen McVeigh

01, Oct, 2021 @5:30 AM

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‘Shark calling’: locals claim ancient custom threatened by seabed mining
‘Shark calling’, a Papua New Guinea tradition of singing to sharks then catching them by hand, could vanish – and locals blame deep-sea disturbances

Kalolaine Fainu in New Ireland province and Maryann Uechtritz

30, Sep, 2021 @5:30 AM

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‘False choice’: is deep-sea mining required for an electric vehicle revolution?
Deep sea mining firms claim their rare metals are necessary to power clean tech – but even major electric car firms now back a moratorium

Karen McVeigh

28, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Race to the bottom: the disastrous, blindfolded rush to mine the deep sea
One of the largest mining operations ever seen on Earth aims to despoil an ocean we are only barely beginning to understand

Jonathan Watts, global environment editor

27, Sep, 2021 @10:59 AM

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Conservationists call for urgent ban on deep-sea mining
Motion at Marseille summit wins global support for warning of permanent biodiversity loss and unknown effect on ecosystem

Karen McVeigh

09, Sep, 2021 @6:31 PM

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Is deep-sea mining a cure for the climate crisis or a curse?
Sea-floor nodules could fight global heating, but mining them may damage ocean ecology

Robin McKie

29, Aug, 2021 @9:00 AM

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The Observer view on the pros and cons of deep-sea mining | Observer editorial
There may be merits to mining the seabed, but investing in alternative green technologies on land should be the priority

Observer editorial

29, Aug, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Deep-sea mining could start in two years after Pacific nation of Nauru gives UN ultimatum
The International Seabed Authority has two years to finalise regulations governing the controversial industry

Kate Lyons

30, Jun, 2021 @6:04 AM

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Mining’s new frontier: Pacific nations caught in the rush for deep-sea riches
Miners are pushing hard to extract metals from the ocean floor, but there is mounting concern about what it might do to the marine environment

Kate Lyons

23, Jun, 2021 @8:00 PM

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UK’s deep-sea mining permits could be unlawful – Greenpeace
Licences given to arms firm Lockheed Martin said to go against government’s stance on exploiting seabed

Karen McVeigh

12, May, 2021 @5:01 AM

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Deep-sea ‘gold rush’: secretive plans to carve up the seabed decried
Greenpeace report warns against granting licences to ‘deeply destructive’ industry with opaque oversight, and calls for global ocean treaty

Jonathan Watts

09, Dec, 2020 @12:01 AM

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