A federal court settlement requires the government to assess the impact of strip-mining the ocean floor before issuing exploration permits to companies.
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I mentioned Global Fishing Watch not too long ago. Now there’s Deep Sea Mining Watch. “Unlike the offshore oil industry, which has been drilling in underwater environments for decades (with sometimes devastating consequences), the machinery required to mine gold, zinc, nickel, copper, manganese, and other valuable minerals from the deep sea is only now reaching maturation. 54 more words
Researchers call for balance between mining and ecosystem protection
New research shows that proposed mining on the seafloor of the Pacific Ocean would likely have a huge impact on marine biodiversity. 516 more words
Thanks to our insatiable demand for Earth’s natural resources, science never fails to find new ways to take advantage of what the planet offers. From the sunlight to the bedrock, companies have been succeeding in extracting energy and materials from the Earth in the most creative and often destructive ways. 1,076 more words
China is speeding up efforts to design and build a manned deep-sea platform to help it hunt for minerals in the South China Sea, one that may also serve a military purpose in the disputed waters.
By Brooke Jarvis
Picture a map of the world. Maybe you’re imagining a political map, with colorful nations interlocking like puzzle pieces. Or maybe you see yellow deserts, green splashes of forest, and wrinkled mountain ranges. 343 more words