Journey into the unknown

For self-awareness and personal development highly recommendable, for exploiting the ocean maybe not so much.

Even though the deep-sea floor is „the most abundant habitat type on Earth. And we know almost nothing about it.“ Conservation International is pointing out the environmental threats of this new underwater hype.

As Deep-sea mining is becoming technically available claims have been made: „Since 2001, the ISA has granted 26 of these contracts covering more than 1 million square kilometers [386,000 square miles] of seabed. Eighteen of them were granted in the last four years“ (Opportunity, calamity in the balance amid plans to mine the deep sea by Molly Bergen). Dr. Jack Kittinger, director of Conservation International’s Hawai‘i program, wants the International Seabed Authority to „establish regional networks of no-mining marine protected areas (MPAs) in all the places where they are licensing mining contracts — and we are urging them to do this before mining starts.“

Deep sea mining targeted by activists at London conference - London Mining Network
Deep-sea mining protest (London Mining Network – http://londonminingnetwork.org/2013/07/deep-sea-mining-targeted-by-activists-at-london-conference/)

A very honarable goal (details in Science), though we have to admit that we are not expecting companies to share Dr. Jack Kittinger’s understanding of MPAs as „a win-win for both the planet and the reputation of the countries and companies involved in mining.“

The first deep-sea mining Solwara 1, which aims to mine the Bismark seabed for high grade copper and gold, in Papua New Guinea by Nautilus Minerals, a Canadian company, stays highly controversial. Papua New Guineans are far from happy about the project and are calling for it to ban experimental deep sea mining while the company is downplaying the risks.

18 comments

  1. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you might be a great
    author. I will make certain to bookmark your blog and definitely will come
    back in the foreseeable future. I want to encourage you continue your great writing,
    have a nice weekend!

  2. It has taken decades of public awareness programmes and educational literature to make people start to take responsibility for the environmental disasters that have been caused by lack of waste management and recycling.
    This situation needs a proper disposal of electronic equipments.
    The older cabinets and stands have great depth to accommodate the deep body of the electronic component.

  3. legal sounds says:

    Aw, this was a very good post. Spending some time and actual effort to
    make a really good article… but what can I say… I
    procrastinate a lot and never seem to get anything done.

Schreibe einen Kommentar

Deine E-Mail-Adresse wird nicht veröffentlicht. Erforderliche Felder sind mit * markiert.