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30 August 2013

The Deep Sea Resources Rush

Advancing mining technologies are making the prospect of exploiting seafloor minerals—gold, copper, zinc, cobalt and rare earth elements – not only possible but also imminent, with commercial licenses to be granted by the International Seabed Authority from 2016. But do we really understand the potential impact?

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26 August 2013

Asia Eyes The Arctic

The admission this year of six new permanent observers to the Arctic Council was a pivotal moment, in more ways than one. How has the Council, by committing the major Asian economies to playing by its set of rules, achieved a major watershed in the wider battle of ideas in, and over, the Arctic?