Mining critical minerals on the seafloor could speed up the energy transition — but it could also harm deep-sea ecosystems.
Climate tech veteran Shayle Kann talks with Impossible Metals’ co-founder and director Renee Grogan, and discusses topics such as:
- The different types of seafloor resources, including polymetallic nodules, cobalt ferro-manganese crusts, and massive sulfides.
- Better understanding seafloor ecosystems and incorporating science into mining practices and regulations, including selective harvesting, protected areas, and offsets.
- The challenges of enforcing regulations three to five kilometers below the surface.
- Ongoing negotiations at the International Seabed Authority, which was planning to finalize regulations for deep-sea mining last week, but announced that it needed more time.
Listen to it here.