Governments are meeting in Jamaica this week to decide how rules for commercial mining of metals on the ocean floor will be thrashed out, but there are big sticking points
8 December 2021
The road to a controversial new era of commercial deep-sea mining is being decided this week by governments meeting in Jamaica.
Advocates say tapping mineral-rich, potato-sized nodules on the ocean floor will be essential to meeting the rising global demand for metals in electric cars and other low-carbon technologies, claiming it would cause less environmental harm than land-based mining. Critics say it will be devastating for marine life and habitats, and happen alongside conventional mining rather than displacing it.
The UN …