Today the European Commission published the EU agenda on International Ocean Governance, announcing its intention to “prohibit deep-sea mining until scientific gaps are properly filled, no harmful effects arise from mining and the marine environment is effectively protected”.
Source: The Cooperative Bank
The Cooperative Bank has become the 7th international bank to single out deep-sea mining in its exclusion list, on the grounds that it would “contribute to global climate change” and “the destruction of ecosystems”.
Source: Sustainable Ocean Alliance
Author: Annie Greenberg
Congressman Ed Málaga of Peru has introduced a bill calling for a deep-seabed mining moratorium position from Peru. This is a critical step toward protecting the health of the ocean. The bill was cowritten by Sustainable Ocean Alliance Peru and SOA’s Youth Policy Advisory Council, and is supported by The Oxygen Project, ecOceánica, AIDA, and Deep Sea Conservation Coalition.
Source: News Ghana
Author: Gideon Sarpong
Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) Ghana have joined the global call for a moratorium on deep seabed mining during an African dialogue on deep seabed mining which took place last Thursday in Accra.
Source: Process and Control
The Guardian recently announced that the deep-sea gold rush for rare metals has officially begun, with mining companies planning to profit from rare earths discovered 4,000 metres below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. However, with millions of tons of e-waste produced every year and increasingly sophisticated techniques to recover rare metals from it, a more environmentally-friendly alternative might be hiding in plain sight. Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA at automation parts supplier EU Automation, explains the role of reconditioned components in reducing our dependence on mining rare earths.
Source: Triodos Bank
Triodos Bank has updated its minimum standards to exclude companies that are involved with controversial activities, such as deep-sea mining.
Source: Yahoo news
On May 2022, over 200 scientists, leaders, youth advocates and ocean champions took part in the Blue Climate Summit in French Polynesia. Their objective was to advance ocean-related solutions to climate change through concrete, actionable projects. The Blue Climate Summit Outcomes Report was published today on the Blue Climate Initiative website. The report identifies deep-sea mining of the most urgent threat to the ocean.
Author: Emma Page
Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) and Greenpeace Aotearoa delivered a petition to Green Party MP Eugenie Sage and Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer at Te Whare Paremata (Parliament).
The petition, signed by over 35,000 New Zealanders, called for the ban of seabed mining.
Source: CBC News
Author: Paul Withers
In more World Ocean Day news, on June 8 an area off of the coast of Nova Scotia of about 44,000 square kilometres was declared a marine refuge by the Canadian government.
Author: Koroi Hawkins
Representatives of Pacific civil society and conservation groups are calling on the New Zealand government to show regional leadership and support a moratorium on deep sea mining.