More than a glimmer of hope at deep sea mining talks in Jamaica, and perhaps a sea change in the making

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As the 27th Conference of Parties (signatory countries) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – COP27 for short – gets under way in Egypt, another important meeting is taking place in downtown Kingston, Jamaica: Part III of the27th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The session opened on October 31 and is scheduled to end on Friday, November 11.

There is a strong connection between climate change and deep sea mining; after all, our ocean (at least up until now) is a huge carbon sink, soaking up about one third of our emissions of carbon dioxide, and we have no idea how deep sea mining operations would impact this important ecological service (just one of several other services the ocean gives to mankind). Here’s a really interesting article about the importance of the “twilight zone” between the higher levels of the sea and the…

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