Growing backlash to deep sea mining is hurting companies in their pockets

Petchary's Blog

A few weeks ago, I reported on the last meeting of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Kingston, and interviewedGreenpeace USA representatives, who attended, on the looming threat of deep sea mining. Despite the ISA being headquartered right here, the issue has sparked very little interest among our local media, who are preoccupied with crime and politics, in that order.

Manganese nodules are tens of millions of years old and are the size of large potatoes. (Photo: NOAA)

I am happy to say that there is a glimmer of hope – partly thanks to the power of civil society, which should never be under-estimated. Some ISA members are also expressing concerns. Opposition to deep sea mining has grown considerably since the last meeting, with the result that the stocks in one major player, Canada-based The Metals Company, have plummeted. This company has put pressure on the extremely tiny…

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