BLUE PERIL A VISUAL INVESTIGATION OF DEEP SEA MINING IN THE PACIFIC

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THE LARGEST MINING OPERATION IN WORLD HISTORY COULD IMMINENTLY START

Over 1.5 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean is under deep sea mining exploration leasehold. Promoted by deep sea miners as an answer to the ‘green’ transition and climate action, it is poised to be the largest mining operation in history. But what is deep sea mining? Has it started yet? What will be the impacts on ecosystems and humans?

Building on the Deep Sea Mining Campaign reports Predicting the impacts of mining deep sea polymetallic nodules in the Pacific Ocean (2020) and Why the Rush: seabed mining in the Pacific Ocean (2019), Ozeanien-Dialog, Deep Sea Mining Campaign, and INTERPRT have produced a video that uses architectural and spatial analysis to visualize and simulate the potentially irreversible impacts of deep seabed mining in the Pacific.

Using existing scientific predictions in published literature and global ocean models as accurately as possible, this 15-minute video highlights how far-reaching the impacts of deep sea mining are likely to be for Pacific island communities and economies.

Blue Peril Technical Paper

Blue Peril: A Visual Investigation of Deep Sea Mining in the Pacific was launched as an official side event at the UN Oceans Conference on 30 June 2022

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