March 16 2013
Companies around the world are aiming to cash-in on deep-sea mining expeditions. Is this the future, or are the consequences of mining the unknown too great?
Sara Bice | 15 April 2013 Sara Bice a Senior Associate of the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility and Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne raises concerns about the potential impacts of deep sea mining in the Pacific. Photo: Amid global demand for rare earth minerals, there has been a strong interest in deep sea mining. Flickr\gnews
Defence behemoth Lockheed Martin’s recent announcement of a venture into deep sea mining (DSM) reflects growing interest in exploiting virgin mining territory.
In what is being described by some as a “deep sea mining bonanza”, the British arm of the US defence firm hopes to exploit rare earth minerals from the seabeds between Mexico and Hawaii. The announcement comes as the world’s first DSM project in PNG is mired in legal and financial strife and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is finalising a three-volume series detailing the potential social and environmental impacts of this new mining frontier.
By Elliot Dawea | Tuesday 16 April 2013 Photo: http://blogs.oceanswatch.org/solomons-png/?m=201108
A lecturer in education at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Solomon Islands Campus has petitioned the Temotu Provincial Government against underwater mining.
Dr Jack Maebuta made the petition through online appealing for all members of the Temotu Public Forum on facebook to submit their names for support.
Dr Jack said many people are ignorant about the likely impacts of such mining and thus the Temotu provincial government should not prey on our people’s ignorance as leverage into rushing off the implementation of the project.Read more