Mining the deep sea has the potential to aid in tackling climate change, but it may also harm the ocean.
Deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, there are extensive reserves of essential metals that are crucial for transitioning to renewable energy sources. Companies specializing in mining are eager to gather these valuable resources, spread over an area larger than half of the continental United States. However, little is understood about the environment in the ocean’s depths and the potential consequences of extracting these minerals. VOA correspondent Steve Baragona has further details.