Warning over deep-sea ‘gold rush’

Date: December 17, 2018

Source: Phys.org

A “gold rush” of seabed mining could lead to unprecedented damage to fragile deep-sea ecosystems, researchers have warned.

With major decisions on the future of  mining expected in 2019-20, scientists and policy experts from the University of Exeter and Greenpeace have recommended a range of measures to prevent environmental damage.

They say deep-sea  currently need more protection, rather than new threats.

They also argue that mining in the deep sea (depths below 200m) could be avoided altogether if humanity moved towards a “” that focuses on reuse and recycling of metals, reduces overconsumption and limits built-in obsolescence of technology.

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