Why we need to say no to ocean mining

By Jena Griffiths | March 14, 2021

I’m really concerned about the possibility and consequences of allowing deep sea mining of cobalt rich nodules on the ocean floor that are home to numerous species. Scroll down towards end of this interactive guide by the Guardian news. We don’t know enough about this sensitive habitat and the consequences of destroying it.
Better venture capitalists fund explorations into space to mine astroids for the minerals than seek than reek havoc with our fragile and little understood ecosystems on the ocean floor. Or better still, invest in the development of viable salt battery technology. Salt is plentiful, and sustainable, it doesn’t require the destruction of fragile ecosystems, unlike cobalt and lithium.

More on this topic by David Attenborough. More by Chris Packham on why the seabed should be off-limits to mining companies.

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Image above from the interactive guide by the Guardian news

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