Fear of the benefits

Some say that deep sea mining could bring us huge profits, but others worry that it will increase global warming.

Since a few years ago, deep sea mining has been gaining popularity as a means of acquiring energy. Helen Scales writes that we have recently discovered vast amounts of resources in the depths, such as nickel, copper, and cobalt. These resources are estimated to last for about 100 years based on current demand on Earth, but in the depths, they could last for much longer, ranging from 6,000 to 200,000 years.

Many people are concerned that continued deep sea mining will lead to increased carbon dioxide emissions. During excavations, large amounts of CO2 are released into the depths, resulting in the deaths of numerous organisms, many of which remain undiscovered. Additionally, the excessive release of CO2 negatively affects the biological pump phenomenon, which plays a crucial role in cleansing our atmosphere of carbon dioxide. Approximately 40 non-governmental organizations are actively working to halt the expansion of the deep sea mining industry.

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