Far too often, industry has plundered the natural world before science has explored and understood its importance. Parts of the deep sea have already been ravaged by destructive fisheries. These ecosystems stand practically no chance of recovery if mining is allowed to start. Researchers who returned 30 years later to one mining test site on the Pacific sea floor could still see the wounds on the seabed — and warned of irreversible loss of some ecosystem functions. Toxic pollution from mining operations could travel hundreds or even thousands of miles, impacting the broader ocean food chain.
And by disturbing the natural processes that store carbon in deep-sea sediments, deep-sea mining could even make climate change worse.
When a million species are already at risk of extinction and climate change is fundamentally altering our planet — why would we sink to new depths, and make it all worse? In fact, with little to no public debate, a handful of governments and corporations have been parcelling up over a million square kilometres of the international seabed to explore for mining potential. Are we really prepared to give the go-ahead to the mining industry expanding into a new frontier, where it will be even harder for us to scrutinise the damage caused? Over the next year, governments are negotiating a Global Ocean Treaty at the United Nations, which could agree the framework to put huge swathes of our oceans off-limits to exploitation, and raise the bar for any industrial activity in the global oceans: putting protection at the heart of how we manage international waters and the life-support system they provide for us all.
The oceans and the stunning and downright bizarre creatures that live there have an incredible ability to regenerate — but only if we let them be. Yet with industries such as deep-sea mining keen to keep their business unrestricted by environmental protections, it will be an uphill battle to secure a strong global agreement.
This is a fight for all of us. The global oceans are legally classified as the common heritage of humankind. That means they belong to us all, including future generations. Oil companies ploughed on to cement themselves in the global political economy despite the risks of climate change. Now the deep-sea mining industry is hoping to establish itself, despite catastrophic risks. Technical Specs. Plot Summary. Plot Keywords. Parents Guide.
In too deep: why the seabed should be off-limits to mining companies
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