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Race to the Bottom: Deep Sea Mining Is the Next Frontier

Added 06-26-22 06:34:02am EST - “The untapped trove of metals on the ocean floor might be the key to a greener future?"or an environmental catastrophe.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “Race to the Bottom: Deep Sea Mining Is the Next Frontier”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The untapped trove of metals on the ocean floor might be the key to a greener future—or an environmental catastrophe.

Russian classical literature, chock full of dehumanizing nationalism, reads disturbingly familiar today.

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​​To power the energy revolution, nations have stripped their lands for the metals crucial to build everything from Teslas to wind turbines. The hunt for cobalt has left a trail of pollution and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo while Zambia’s copper mining industry has poisoned nearby rivers. In nickel-rich Indonesia, mining has generated enough runoff to dye the country’s waters red.

Many countries have now set their sights on a new market: the deep ocean floor. These depths potentially hold an untapped trove of metals—nickel, cobalt, copper, and manganese—tucked into polymetallic nodules, potato-shaped deposits that are millions of years old. Mining these riches, they say, is the key to a greener future. Some are already fiddling with the lock.

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