To save the Environment we need to look to a different Environment – Deepsea Metals

Abstract

What’s your solution to overcoming poverty and combating climate change?

Unless you have a better idea - here’s one that can start solving these issues while we wait for you to develop a better solution.

Let’s change the Energy Equation & replace the big "C" (carbon) with C +subscript (Cu, Co) + other metallic elements. That means replacing the millions of tonnes of Coal, Gas, Oil with millions of tonnes of Cu, Ni, Co metals to drive the green economy of solar-wind power, electric vehicle and off grid storage batteries. But for a net environmental benefit we have to find a significantly lower impact option than our current land based mining operations. Seafloor minerals can supply the key metals to transition us from a carbon energy base whilst also playing a significant role in overcoming poverty given the unique opportunities the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea presents developing nations.

Biography

A Geologist by education (UNSW) but a Naturalist and Explorer by desire. In awe of the wonders of the planet, from the North Pole where his group was the first ever to stand at the North Pole on a summer solstice, to standing in Mawson’s Hut in Antarctica where it is said more people have stood on Mt. Everest than in its doorway, and so much in between including the 70% covered by water an area he has specialized in.

 

David was nominated for the 2016 “Australian of the Year”.

He has significantly advanced our knowledge of the planet by personally initiating $100's of millions of programs including environmental and oceanographic studies of deepsea environs and the development of deepsea technology. David received the Moore Medal in 2012 for his role in advancing knowledge of the vast mineral resources of the deepsea environment.

 

David has participated in numerous Expedition Cruises including to the:

North Pole, NW Passage, Greenland, Far East Russia, Antarctica (both Peninsula and Commonwealth Bay), Sub Antarctic Islands of Australian & New Zealand, and numerous Pacific regions. His favorite parts of this amazing planet are the two polar regions +66o 33’ 44”.

Venue

Room 309, Steele Building (#03)