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Can deep-sea mining help the environment?

 

Mining companies and governments will soon be allowed to extract minerals from the deep-ocean floor. These rare metals are vital for a more environmentally sustainable future on land, but at what cost to the health of the ocean?

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How oceans are increasingly bearing the brunt of global warming: https://econ.st/34NOCyI

Natural disasters are quickening an already steep global loss of species: https://econ.st/2GTaBMJ

Read 1843’s article about exploring the ocean floor: https://econ.st/3lImrIc

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Air pollution is returning to pre-covid levels: https://econ.st/3hn0prP

Why the world’s energy system must be completely transformed: https://econ.st/2ZpdAT6

Wildfires will be more common in a warming world: https://econ.st/2FkSqyH

The Greenland ice sheet has melted past the point of no return: https://econ.st/33hlLSA

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