Back by popular demand (!) the last reading group of the semester will focus on the challenges of managing competing demands on ocean space, whilst ensuring sustainability.
9 Dec, 2-4 pm
ECCI Training and Skills Room
Register here (free event, but pre-registration necessary)
What imaginations mentally surface when we reflect on the 70% of our planet that is ocean – upwellings of blueness, deep, dark, mysterious…untapped resources? Are we in the middle of an intellectual confluence of values and technological prowess with regard to the oceans, as we once were with untouched realms of North America?
Mega MPAs measuring over 100,000km² now already comprise the vast majority of the total area covered by MPAs worldwide. But why are the world’s powerful leaders – including Clinton, Bush, and Obama – competing to create ever larger MPAs?
Profits to be gained from mineral mining on the ocean floor have meant that millions of dollars have been invested in developing the technology to conduct deep seabed mining on a commercial scale. … it is widely anticipated that deep seabed mining will become a reality within the next decade.