As the first world obsession continues to grow for high-tech gadgets like smart phones and computers, tin has suddenly shot from just being the ordinary tin can to a high-tech mineral. But resistance is growing as the environment and local communities are placed at great risk with seabed mining of tin. A recent report released by Friends of the Earth UK exposed unregulated tin mining in Indonesia depends on child labour, wrecks the environment and kills an estimated 150 miners every year. Meanwhile in Cornwall in the UK, envronmentalists, surfers and local communities are opposed to the mining of tin tailings which were washed down there from the old mines into Cornwall seabeds.
Friends of the Earth;s ‘Make it Better‘ campaign is calling for Europe-wide legislation that would require companies to report on their products’ full human and social impacts – from accidents and pollution to how much water, land and raw materials they use. Read more
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 Photo: Amid global demand for rare earth minerals, there has been a strong interest in deep sea mining. Flickr\gnews 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.
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.