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  • Writer's pictureGustavo Bernal Torres

Deep-Sea Mining Talks End With No Agreement on Environmental Rules

Mining could begin in less than a year after talks fail to produce regulatory framework despite growing calls to halt harm to oceans.

  • The negotiations on opening the world’s first deep-sea mines ended in Kingston, Jamaica, last week with no agreement, meaning that less than a year remains before a legal clause kicks in that could see seabed mining commence without any environmental or economic regulations in place.

  • Three weeks of discussions on the “two-year rule” at the council headquarters of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) – the UN body that oversees mining in international waters – ended in stalemate on 4 August.



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