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Deep sea mining. credit - Monica Evans,
June 19, 2020

The Cook Islands government will allow miners to prospect for minerals on its seabed, with an eye to commencing mining within five years. Officials justify the decision on the need to ease the country’s economic dependence on tourism, which has taken a hit from coronavirus-related travel restrictions. Scientists, environmental advocates and civil society organizations have expressed alarm at the plan and warned of potentially disastrous ecosystem impacts that could also hurt local fisheries.

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