[PNG] landowners will ask the [courts] to stop any deep-sea mining in the area until the current mining laws governing sacred fishing grounds are properly interpreted…Paka said villagers, who used the ocean area to be mined for food, had not been consulted, simply because the Mining Act was not clear on the sea aspect. via . . . → Read More: Villagers give notice on deep sea mining
Obama’s Pledge on the Environment “We cannot afford more of the same timid politics when the future of our planet is at stake. Global warming is not a someday problem, it is now. We are already breaking records with the intensity of our storms, the number of forest fires, the periods of drought. By 2050 . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Obama and the Environment
This is from via ABC Radio Australia News…Delay as Canadian firm seeks PNG mining licence The Papua New Guinea government has delayed granting a Canadian mining company, Nautilus Minerals, an undersea mining licence because of disagreements over conditions of the licence.
Well shit… The green-lighting of the world’s first deep-sea mineral mine in Papua New Guinea waters has caused alarm among scientists and indigenous people who fear it will damage local marine life. Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, Michael Somare, today licensed the new mine for ore that contains copper, zinc and gold, to be run . . . → Read More: PNG Gives OK to Deep-Sea Mining
Nautilus Mining is the virus that will not go away. You have to admire their persistence if it did not come with destruction of deep-sea ecosystems. Nautilus Minerals estimated in a September 2009 corporate presentation that “thousands of underwater sulphide systems [hydrothermal vents] exist,” and “if only half of underwater systems are geographically viable, seafloor . . . → Read More: Tapping the Oceans Mineral Wealth With Deep Sea Mining
I spotted these kick-ass signs on the side of the road yesterday in Grand Isle, LA (the community profiled in Sunday’s Times-Picayune Article). Whoever took the time to paint them is a true legend! Note: I love how they were so accurate depicting the characters who live in Bikini Bottom…oh, Patrick, its not chocolate. . . . → Read More: I want to meet the legend who painted these
I could write about a detailed account of a new study in PLoS One. I could discuss how the researchers imported information on the spatial extent of marine scientific research, submarine communication cables, radioactive waste disposal, munitions and chemical weapons waste disposal, military operations, oil and gas industry, and bottom trawling OSPAR maritime area . . . → Read More: Our Impacts on the Deep
Newsweek broaches this subject discussing the move by China to being exploring the mining of massive sulfide deposits, i.e. hydrothermal vents. Samantha Smith from Nautilus, another company exploring mining in PNG states “We’ve put in place a number of measures to ensure that ecosystems and biodiversity are maintained.” But I am one unconvinced much as . . . → Read More: Is Deep-Sea Mining Bad?
An occasional series where we briefly report 3 new studies and tell you why they are cool! A new report from Lambert et al. reports on a new fossil sperm whale skull, teeth, and mandible from Peru. Dating back to the 12-13 Mya from the Middle Miocene, Leviathan melvillei possessed a 3 meter (~10 feet) . . . → Read More: The Tide Pool: Super Sperm Whales, Extinction Debts, and Vent Conservation
Deep-sea mining as been our radar for awhile. Now it’s on NYT’s Green Blog. Put it on yours. The Chinese government announces plans for deep-sea mining; it will seek copper, nickel and cobalt 5,000 feet down in international waters. Prior DSN posts about mining the seafloor NIOT will starts the next phase of fields trials . . . → Read More: On Our Radar: Deep-Sea Mining