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Fight over Seabed Agency leadership turns nasty

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🗞️ Driving the news: The election for the next leader of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) has become contentious, with accusations of vote-buying and misuse of funds
• This race will influence the future of seabed mining for metals used in electric vehicles, with significant economic and environmental stakes

🔭 The context: Michael Lodge, the current ISA secretary general, seeks a third term to advance the approval of industrial-scale seabed mining
• His opponent, Leticia Carvalho from Brazil, advocates for a slower, more deliberative approach to finalize environmental regulations before allowing mining to proceed

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The leadership of the ISA will shape the development of seabed mining, which holds potential environmental risks and economic opportunities
• The decision could impact global supplies of critical metals for electric vehicles, essential for the energy transition

⏭️ What's next: The election will take place at the ISA's upcoming meeting in Kingston, Jamaica
• The outcome will determine whether the ISA moves forward with mining applications soon or delays them until stricter environmental rules are in place

💬 One quote: "We have a great candidate who has already received a great deal of support, and we will win this election," said Bruno Imparato, a Brazilian diplomat supporting Leticia Carvalho

📈 One stat: China holds five of the 31 exploration contracts authorized by the ISA for seabed mining, the most of any country

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