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Advocates highlight alternatives to deep-sea mining for NC coast

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024   

Advocates for North Carolina's coastal waters are raising concerns about the risks of deep-sea mining and suggesting alternatives.

The latest report from multiple advocacy groups makes the case there are better ways to meet our critical mineral needs and support clean energy without mining.

Emily Mason, advocate for the group Environment North Carolina, said the report points to reducing electronic waste as a more promising and sustainable way to meet mineral needs.

"The obvious solution is to do what we should be doing anyway and don't make disposable electronics, make good things that last, fix them when they break, and recycle them when we can't fix them," Mason outlined. "Instead of mining the deep sea, which is unnecessary and destructive."

She pointed out the report comes as leaders with the International Seabed Authority prepare to meet in Jamaica this month to discuss the topic and for the first time, possibly propose a moratorium on mining. In 2023, the authority missed the deadline to finalize and adopt deep seabed mining regulations.

The report also explained how deep-sea mining operations could irreparably damage vulnerable ecosystems off the coasts. Mason emphasized it underscores the importance of adopting a circular economy reducing the demand for new mineral extraction.

"We can dramatically reduce the amount of mineral extraction both in the short run and over the long haul," Mason contended. "We just need to adopt common sense strategies such as the 'five R's.' And those five R's aren't just your traditional reduce, reuse, and recycle. It's also repairing and reimagining products."

To minimize e-waste, the report calls on state and federal governments to adopt "right to repair" legislation. Research shows extending the lifetime of a product by 50% can reduce material needs by as much as a third; doubling a product's lifetime can reduce material needs by as much as 50%.


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