This Week in Deep-sea Mining: March 29, 2022

The first part of the 27th Session of the International Seabed Authority is in full swing. Watch to public portions of the negotiations here: https://isa.org.jm/web-tv While the Earth Negotiations Bulletin usually provides unbiased daily coverage of these negotiations, unfortunately, the ISA Secretariat opted not to contract ENB for this year. The only organization providing highlight […]

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This Week in Deep-sea Mining – March 22, 2022

Headlines Politico: The world is set to debate seabed mining regulations, but the U.S. will be on the outside looking in Salon: Lockheed Martin’s deep-sea mining gets backlash Business Standard: Deep ocean mission soon to study origins of life: MoES official Papers One Earth: Heading to the deep end without knowing how to swim: Do […]

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This Week in Deep-sea Mining – March 15, 2022

Headlines The Guardian: As the ocean industrial revolution gains pace the need for protection is urgent Canada’s National Observer: Deep-sea mining could begin next year. Here’s why ocean experts are calling for a moratorium The Guardian: UN ocean treaty is ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to protect the high seas Papers Nature Communications: Battery technology […]

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This Week in Deep-sea Mining – March 8, 2022

Headlines Grist: Deep-sea mining could begin next year. Here’s why ocean experts are calling for a moratorium. Eco-business: Ukraine war gives ammunition to the deep-sea mining lobby New York Times: Oil prices rise and trading is halted in nickel after price surge. Financial Times: London Metal Exchange suspends nickel trading after contract soars to $100,000 […]

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This Week in Deep-sea Mining – March 1, 2022

Headlines Economic Times: Indigenous submersible vehicle Matsya 6000 will be ready as planned for Samudrayaan: NIOT Director Marine Link: Seatools Delivers Deep-sea mineral Collection Equipment for Allseas’ ‘Hidden Gem’ gCaptain: Outdated Laws Governing Undersea Cables Need Modernizing Reuters: Renault and U.S. carmaker Rivian back moratorium on deep-sea mining Bloomberg Green: Mysterious Deep-Ocean Creatures May Help […]

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Opinion: ISA rushes forward

Opinion by Andrew Thaler, DSMO Editor-in-Chief The International Seabed Authority published their provisional roadmap for the next two years of international negotiations, optimistically culminating with the approval of the Mining Code for polymetallic nodules in areas beyond national jurisdiction. This ambitious goal depends upon the ability to resume ISA sessions in Kingston, a scenario that […]

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IUCN votes for deep-sea mining moratorium

Andrew Thaler for Deep-sea Mining Observer This month, the International Union for Conservation of Nature called on all state members to implement a deep-sea mining moratorium, including a moratorium on issuing new exploration contracts and adopting a mining code, until appropriate impact assessments have been completed. Those impact assessments include social, cultural, and economic risks, […]

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Opinion: Deep-sea Mining has Time.

Opinion by Andrew Thaler, DSMO Editor-in-Chief As we enter the final quarter of 2021, with a global pandemic still raging across all but a few countries and impacting supply chains and critical work throughout the world, it looks increasingly unlikely that an in-person session of the ISA will be possible before 2022, marking two years […]

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Has pulling the Trigger already backfired?

Andrew Thaler for the Deep-sea Mining Observer. The Republic of Nauru turned the deep-sea mining world on its head this summer when it invoked Article 15, colloquially known as the Trigger, starting a 2-year countdown on the finalization of mining regulations for polymetallic nodules in areas beyond national jurisdiction. This countdown means that commercial deep-sea […]

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