Mining

28
Aug
2018

Source: Scoop Politics
Author: Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

Kiwis Against Seabed Mining and Greenpeace today heralded the High Court’s decision to uphold their appeal against the Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of a consent to Trans Tasman Resources to mine the seabed in the South Taranaki Bight, hailing it as a “victory for the oceans.”

Continue reading Celebrations as High Court upholds seabed mining appeal – KASM and Greenpeace

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22
Aug
2018

Source: Phys Org
Author: Bob Yirka

A trio of researchers with the National Oceanography Centre in the U.K. has found depression marks on the sea floor in a very deep part of the ocean—they suggest the marks may have been made by deep-diving whales. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, Leigh Marsh, Veerle Huvenne and Daniel Jones describe how they found the marks, and why they believe they might have been made by whales.

Continue reading Depression marks on seafloor suggest whales might be visiting prospective mining sites

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27
Jul
2018

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) this week called on the International Seabed Authority (ISA), which has just concluded its annual meeting this week, to ensure effective protection of the ocean and ensure full public transparency. The DSCC also called for a broad public debate on opening up the deep ocean to seabed mining as part of the Strategic Plan adopted by the ISA on Thursday.

Continue reading DSCC calls on International Seabed Authority to ensure protection of the ocean and transparent, open debate

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20
Jul
2018

Source: MIT Technology Review 

Conamix, a little-known startup based in Ithaca, New York, has raised several million dollars to accelerate its development of cobalt-free materials for lithium-ion batteries, the latest sign that companies are eager to find alternatives to the increasingly rare and expensive metal.

Continue reading A freshly funded battery startup aims to ease the cobalt crunch

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16
Jul
2018

Mining the deep sea for metals such as copper, cobalt, nickel, manganese and silver may move a step closer this year as the countries that are members of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) continue to draft regulations to allow commercial deep-sea mining. The ISA is the United Nations (UN) body charged with managing seabed mining in the half of the world’s ocean that lies beyond the jurisdiction of any individual nation. As envisaged, such mining would be on a scale that will dwarf any mining undertaken on land.

Continue reading Conservation Groups Call on Countries Participating in the Meeting of the International Seabed Authority to Ensure Transparency and Protect Deep-Sea Biodiversity

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