To me, it is quite terrifying to imagine that in just over a year’s time, deep sea mining may be given the go-ahead. Greenpeace USA was at the meeting in Kingston, Jamaica of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and has been sounding alarm bells since it began. The meeting ended last Friday, April 1, 2022. The ISA’sconcluding press releasestates, quite bluntly, what the main order of business was:
The ISA Council meetings focused on the draft Regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area.
This threatened plunge (literally) into the depths of the ocean to extract minerals, without understanding or recognizing the science or the expected devastating environmental impact, would be irreversible and impossible to repair or restore. We would not be able to go back and “fix” it later. It is funny how humans seem to think this is always possible, after we have already brought…
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