THE UNITED Nations' International Seabed Authority has launched its eighth decision-making session at its headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica, a meeting which will see discussions on harvesting minerals from the deep sea. A technical workshop meeting is expected to propose specific international research projects on how mineral extraction might harm the deep ocean environment. There is evidence that valuable manganese nodules may be available there. The authority will also consider the regulation of prospecting and exploration for polymetallic ...

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