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Norway opens the door to deep-sea mining exploration in the Arctic, but at what environmental cost?

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🗞️ Driving the news: Norway's Parliament approved a plan to open a significant portion of its seabed for mining exploration, despite concerns about the environmental impacts of deep-sea mining and opposition from scientists and activists

🔭 The context: This decision follows a 2023 resource assessment revealing substantial metals and minerals on Norway’s continental shelf
While initially only exploration licenses will be granted, this marks a significant step towards potential extraction, which must pass Parliament approval

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The move to explore deep-sea mining in Norway raises environmental concerns, as these ecosystems are home to unique biodiversity and are crucial for carbon sequestration
Potential mining activities could lead to irreversible damage to these underexplored ecosystems

⏭️ What's next: As exploration begins, the future steps towards extraction will be closely watched
The Norwegian decision may set an international precedent, influencing other countries' approaches to seabed mining

💬 One quote: "They are opening a very new, vulnerable and enormous area that has been under-explored by scientists," (Haldis Tjeldflaat Helle of Greenpeace Norway)

📈 One stat: The decision opens up 280,000 square kilometers of seabed for exploration, an area larger than the United Kingdom


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