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