Deep-sea Mining

23 May, 2024

By Simon Holmström Right now, a battle is raging beneath the still, murky waters, where the sun’s rays never penetrate, and where unique species have evolved for thousands of years. The world stands at a crossroads where the pursuit for critical minerals and metals like lithium, cobalt, and nickel threatens to ignite an entirely new […]

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13 March, 2024

In March 2024, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) – a little-known intergovernmental body that ‘manages’ the international seabed – will meet to discuss the future of our shared global ocean. During ISA talks last year, states resisted pressure from mining companies to open the ocean for mining and agreed to a pause until clear regulations […]

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16 November, 2023

On the late afternoon of October 30th, I tuned in to the ISA WebTV. I was looking forward to the start of the International Seabed Authority’s (ISA) 28th Session Part III – Council Meeting, a gathering of state representatives and vested observers from around the world to discuss the rules and regulations for Deep Sea […]

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6 July, 2023

Sian Owen, Director of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition The clock is ticking for the ocean. This month, the meetings of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Kingston, Jamaica could see the approval of the world’s first major deep-sea mining operation. The ISA Council could give large-scale deep-sea mining the go-ahead following the triggering of […]

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