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3... 2..1. Fire!!!
Coming soon, war for oceans...
16/11/2006

The wars that have marked human history have had the signature of contests for scarce resources. And as resources deplete in the land, new frontiers are being opened for geo-political contests. The most likely happens to be the vast oceans that remain virtually entirely unconquered. It has been estimated that oceans have tremendous sources of energy and metallic remains within them that lie scattered on the abyssal plains. The poly metallic nodules within these oceans contain rich metallic remains of manganese, nickel, copper, iron and cobalt within them; some credible estimates put these to be around a smashing 500 billion tonnes.

Not surprisingly, spread in almost all the oceans of the world, these metallic remains are most likely to be the sources of serious confrontations and contests (even wars) as technology develops for extracting them. The United Nations’ laws on seas, which created the International Sea Bed Authority, is mandated to control deep sea mining in the high seas in certain designated areas. The moralistic document is meant to protect the marine environment and also to regulate mining and further to reward contracts. But as could be expected, the United States remains a non-signatory to this convention. But then, even earlier, for selfish reasons, the US has bypassed not only the Kyoto Protocol, but also various other UN resolutions (on peace initiatives).

At this juncture, the US notwithstanding, the international community must peacefully settle the titles of contested areas, simultaneously addressing concerns of smaller, technologically deprived, as well as land-locked countries.

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