seabed exploration News

  • UN licences kick off search for underwater minerals

    The International Seabed Authority (ISA) has begun issuing exploration licences for mining the yet untouched floor of international waters raising concerns about potential environmental impacts. The licenses, issued on 21 July, grant prospecting rights for underwater minerals to private and state-owned companies from Brazil, Cook Islands, Germany, India, Russia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Pacific islands seek protection from deep-sea mining

    Surging interest in deep-sea metal mining in the Pacific Ocean has prompted island nations to work together to develop the scientific capacity needed to protect their environment. The move follows the discovery of large deposits of rare-earth metals such as scandium on the seabed near Hawaii, Tahiti and other locations in the eastern South Pacific and central North Pacific. The latest discovery ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • What is Deep Sea Mining?

    Greenpeace have uncovered plans by governments all over the world to drill into the seabeds of vast swathes of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans in search of precious minerals and metals. Although this so-called “deep sea mining” has yet to commence, the Greenpeace study highlighted that at least 29 licenses have so far been granted to countries sponsoring mining companies. ...

  • Deep-sea mining looms on horizon as UN body issues contracts

    The deep oceans span more than half the globe and their frigid depths have long been known to contain vast, untapped deposits of prized minerals. These treasures of the abyss, however, have always been out of reach to miners. But now, the era of deep seabed mining appears to be dawning fueled by technological advances in robotics and dwindling land-based deposits. Rising demand for copper, ...


    By Associated Press

  • Parties to the Abidjan Convention Agree to Boost Cooperation on Marine Challenges

    Parties to the Abidjan Convention - which governs issues ranging from marine pollution to overfishing across much of the African continent - have agreed to accelerate the Convention's implementation through increased financial and technical support. The Abidjan Convention is a comprehensive agreement for the protection and management of the marine environment and coastal areas. By committing ...

  • Feds approve oil exploration off US Eastern Coast

    The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters. The regulatory decision is the first real step toward what could be an economic transformation in East Coast states, potentially creating a new energy infrastructure, thousands of jobs and billions of ...


    By Associated Press

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