Within the Deep, a Plastic Bag Floats By


Coral community at Shostakovich Seamount (photo from NOAA Deep Sea Symphony project)

4 August 2023

Apart from just a few scientific probes, we people know virtually nothing concerning the deep sea, but distant as it’s it accommodates human proof. Even within the deepest sea a plastic bag floats by.

In the meantime, as a result of the ocean flooring has no proprietor, mining firms are chomping on the bit to extract minerals from the deep sea within the absence of any guidelines to guard it. The businesses declare the minerals for use in electronics would mitigate local weather change (actually?) however what’s going to the mining harm?

Final month the International Seabed Authority (ISA) met in Jamaica to debate potential guidelines to permit deep sea mining. In the end they deferred the decision until next year. This video explains why the subject is so ‘sizzling’ proper now and the potential risks.

video embedded from China Global Television Network (CGTN) Europe

For a prolonged rationalization see this 2021 video from the Economist: Mining the deep sea: the true cost to the planet.

(*) The deep sea flooring has no “proprietor” as a result of in worldwide waters it’s owned by all of us.

(photograph from Wikimedia Commons, tweet and video embedded)



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