Deep seabed mining is not the answer to the climate crisis

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The climate emergency is finally on the global agenda, with plans and strategies abounding on how we can transition to a low-carbon future. Business as usual is no longer an option. To reach our targets, we need to change behavior, embrace new technologies and implement significant mitigation projects. All hands to the wheel. We have to decarbonize our practices. We must decouple from fossil fuels and develop alternative forms and sources of energy. And that’s precisely what Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is demanding from our government and corporate partners.

One pathway to decarbonization leads us down the road to a lithium-ion future that is massively dependent on metals—and on our ability to mine them in sufficient quantities. As battery-powered alternatives for everything from vehicles to smart energy grids are explored, there remain significant…

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