The ocean floor is one of the least-explored places in the world. Rich with abundant marine life and mineral deposits, the deep seabed has attracted the interest of a newly forming deep-sea mining industry, which could threaten fragile marine ecosystems. In this episode, we rebroadcast an event at Pew featuring Michael Lodge, secretary-general of the International Seabed Authority, which oversees the seabed that lies beyond national jurisdiction—an area that covers more than half of the world’s ocean floor. Lodge spoke about the future of seabed mining, and the challenges and opportunities around developing rules—informed by science—that could govern this extractive activity while minimizing the environmental damage done to these pristine areas.
Deep-Sea Mining and the Environment, Nov. 13, 2017
Deep Sea Mining: The Basics, Feb. 3, 2017
Hidden Creatures of the Ocean Deep, July 27, 2017
Precautionary Approach Needed for Deep-Sea Mining, June 17, 2016