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The secret on the ocean floor

The Secret on the Ocean Floor

DAVID SHUKMAN on BBC NEWS  | 19 February 2018 We’ve drilled the ocean floor for oil and gas, scarred it with trenches for communications cables, poisoned it with old radioactive waste and chemical weapons, and polluted its remotest corners with a blizzard of discarded plastic. So, is mining a step too far? I put that […]

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Sir David Attenborough Against Deep Sea Mining

MEREDITH KUUSA on LOOP | 19 December 2017 “World famous naturalist, and BBC Broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough has expressed horror at the deep sea mining project that’s about to take place in Papua New Guinea. He sighted BBC video footage of the heavy-duty machinery brought in by deep sea miner Nautilus Minerals recently. He fears […]

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PNG Deep sea Mining

New BBC Segment Spotlights PNG Deep Sea Mining

BBC News science editor David Shukman reports on the developing Nautilus Minerals deep sea mining project Solwara One, in Papua New Guinea’s Bismark Sea. “Plans for the world’s first deep sea mine are taking shape in the waters off Papua New Guinea. The ocean floor is rich in gold, copper and other minerals in big […]

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Robot swarms to map the seafloor

Robot swarms to map the seafloor

JONATHAN AMOS on BBC NEWS | 13 December 2017 “It’s one of those truisms that we know the shape of the surface of Mars and the Moon far better than we know our own planet. The reason for this is Earth’s oceans: they cover 71% of the globe and are impenetrable to the satellite mapping […]

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Unless we regain our historic awe of the deep ocean, it will be plundered

Laurence Publicover, University of Bristol and Katharine Hendry, University of Bristol In the memorable second instalment of Blue Planet II, we are offered glimpses of an unfamiliar world – the deep ocean. The episode places an unusual emphasis on its own construction: glimpses of the deep sea and its inhabitants are interspersed with shots of […]

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‘Make new rules’ to save the oceans

ROGER HARRABIN on BBC NEWS | 12 July 2017 “A report to a UN ocean conference in New York points out that more than 60% of the ocean has no conservation rules as it’s outside national jurisdiction. It says the open ocean is at risk from climate change, over-fishing, deep sea mining, farm pollution and […]

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Renewables’ deep-sea mining conundrum

DAVID SHUKMAN on BBC NEWS | 11 April 2017 “Their investigation of a seamount more than 500km (300 miles) from the Canary Islands has revealed a crust of “astonishingly rich” rock. Samples brought back to the surface contain the scarce substance tellurium in concentrations 50,000 times higher than in deposits on land. Tellurium is used […]

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