Deep-Sea Mining: Environmental Risks vs. Resource Rewards | Shorewords!

May 19, 2023

Deep-sea mining: ImpactS and ecological considerations

Mining the deep: Join Shorewords host, Lesley Ewing, in conversation with Vince Beiser, author and journalist, is a conversation about his April 2023 Wired article – “The Mining Industry’s Next Frontier is Deep, Deep Under the Sea”.  As the automotive industry gears up for EVs, mining companies are searching for the metals needed for energy storage. Deep sea mining of polymetallic nodules is happening through small pilot studies and large-scale mineral extraction could start in just a few years. Vince discusses what we know about the deep-sea mining areas, the species that dwell there and both the range of disturbances from mining efforts and possible gains.

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Lesley Ewing

Hello. I’m Lesley Ewing, host of Shorewords!. This podcast combines two of my favorite things – the ocean and books. I learned to swim before I could walk and looked forward each summer to my family’s vacation at Ocean City, Maryland. As a student I was interested in science and engineering and became an environmental engineer before learning that there was something called coastal engineering. Both my 1 st and 2 nd mid-life crises resulted in me going back to school – first for a Masters of Engineering at UC Berkeley and later for a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. The first crisis also moved me from DC to the SF Bay. The second crisis reminded me how much I liked to read. Getting a Ph.D. while working a 40+-hour/week job meant that my only reading was work reports, text books and technical articles. They were all important and interesting books, but as soon as school ended, I replaced my academic text books with broader literature and realized that the coast was often a character in the fiction and non-fiction that I read. I am still fascinated by every visit to the ocean and remain in awe of what others write about the coast.