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    FT Rethink

    Deep-sea mining: vital resource or environmental disaster

    Henry Sanderson - Metals and mining correspondent, Financial Times

    Henry Sanderson

    Metals and mining correspondent, Financial Times

     

    Surging demand for the metals used in electric car batteries is setting off a race to mine the deep seas. As the FT’s Henry Sanderson explains, the sea floor could contain more nickel, cobalt and rare earth metals than all land-based reserves combined. Miners say it may diversify supply, but environmentalists fear mining will do irreparable damage.

    Miners say it may diversify supply, but environmentalists fear mining will do irreparable damage.

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