Author: Alec Fenn
On March 30, four global companies announced they wouldn’t use materials sourced from deep-sea mining in their products and supply chains or fund research into the practice.
But deep-sea mining companies are still pushing ahead with plans to scrape minerals from the ocean floor and sell them to companies making smartphones and cars.
These companies also claim the minerals are vital for the development of green technologies that will reduce carbon emissions and help to save the planet from a climate disaster.
CGTN Europe finds out exactly what deep sea mining is, why environmental groups fear it could cause an ecological disaster and when countries could start digging on the ocean floor.
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