The deeper parts of oceans are now being commercially exploited with huge risks

This article from the New York Times outlines new threats caused by ruthless exploitation of rights to the deeper ocean spaces and sea-beds themselves. Every aspect of the deep oceans - from marine life, to minerals, gems and rare elements. This is not the same thing as mining shallow coastal waters and new technological advances now present opportunities for commercial exploitation that were unthinkable a few years ago.

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"Given the state of our oceans, the stakes are incredibly high"