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The Specter of Deep-Sea Mining

With no public debate and scant publicity, deep-sea mining has gotten quietly underway in recent years.

  • Eileen Crist
  • CounterPunch

Exploratory mining contracts have been granted for over 1 million square kilometers of seabed in international waters, while the International Seabed Authority—the official UN body regulating ocean “resources”—deliberates how to cloak the enterprise in sustainababble attire. (Apparently, exploratory mining does not require regulations to proceed.)

The deep-sea mining industry has poured hundreds of millions of…

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