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New Papers Explore Environmental Impacts of Deep Sea Mining

New Papers Explore Environmental Impacts of Deep Sea Mining

Two new papers in major scientific journals opened the new year with a focus on the potential environmental impacts of deep sea mining.  The papers, published in Science and Frontiers in Marine Science, took big-picture looks at current scientific evidence on the impacts of seabed mining in the context of increased demand for  key minerals […]

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The Future of the Deep Sea: Undiscovered Wonders at Risk

KELLY MARTIN on ON THE TIDE | 15 December 2017 “Improved technology is also allowing humans to exploit deep ocean resources in ways that could be extremely damaging. Last month, Japan became the first country to successfully mine the deep sea on a large scale. A company called Nautilus Minerals is also now licensed to […]

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Update on ISA Secretariat Activities

During October-November 2017, Secretary-General Michael Lodge and his staff at the ISA Secretariat have been busy advancing and promoting the work of the ISA.   Noteworthy milestones include: 15 October 2017. An ISA delegation led by Secretary-General Lodge visited Poland for a series of official meetings and discussions with the Polish Minister of Environment Mariusz Orion […]

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Deep-Sea Mining Requires Transparent Environmental Management

HYDRO INTERNATIONAL | October 2017 “For three years researchers from eleven countries have been working intensively on these questions on the consequences on deepsea mining on ecosystems and environmental aspects in the project “MiningImpact” coordinated by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany. This week, they discuss their findings at the project`s final […]

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Subsea mining moves closer to shore

HELMHOLTZ CENTRE FOR OCEAN RESEARCH KIEL (GEOMAR) | 9 February 2017 The demand for raw materials is rising continuously, forcing mining companies to use lower-grade ores and to explore at greater depths. This could lead to a decline in production in the coming decades. Many industrialized economies also depend on imports of metals for their […]

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