The world’s transition towards green energy is driving a surge in demand for rare earth metals, leading mining companies to explore the deep-sea for supplies.
However, the potential environmental impacts of deep-sea mining are causing heated debate among environmentalists and scientists as a Canadian company prepares to launch the first-ever commercial deep-sea mining operations in the Pacific Ocean.
Many are calling for a delay in approval to allow for extensive research and the development of regulations. Here we highlight the possible cost of the green energy revolution and the impact of deep-sea mining on the environment.
To address the negative impacts of deep-sea mining on the environment, regenerative business practices can be adopted, such as using environmentally friendly mining techniques and implementing proper waste management. Additionally, efforts can be made to reduce the demand for rare earth metals by promoting recycling and innovation in manufacturing renewable technologies.
This can assist in addressing the battery mineral shortage and reduce the need for deep-sea mining. Governments can strengthen deep-sea mining regulations to ensure the process is environmentally sustainable.
Deep-sea mining risks marine biodiversity and further climate change, highlighting the urge for further research to understand potential impacts better and develop effective regulations. Good practices can result in a NET POSITIVE for the environment and future generations.