Should we mine the deep sea floor before we discover its true treasures?

Date: February 17, 2022

Source: Geographical

Author: Katie Burton 

Katie Burton dives into the murky world of deep-sea mining for Geographical magazine and asks the question, should we be opening a new frontier of industrial extraction in the deep?

Starting mining now should not be on the table when the unequivocal demand has not been determined in view of the developing circular economy; the potential devastating effects of deep-sea mining on the marine environment cannot yet be evaluated, and the developing regulations and procedures of the ISA do not provide the precautionary approach needed to prevent harmful effects.” – Sebastian Unger- Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam.

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