Write Rules for Deep-Sea Mining before it’s too late

Last week, the scaly-foot snail (Chrysomallon squamiferum) became the first species to be officially classified as ‘endangered’ by the threat of deep-sea mining. The creature, which has been added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, occupies three known locations, all in the western Indian Ocean.

The potential to mint money from mining the ocean floor has long existed. Now, thanks to tech industries’ growing need for rare metals such as molybdenum and lithium, the practice is expected to take off within a decade.

Write Rules for Deep-Sea Mining before it’s too late

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