World Ocean Radio

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A weekly series of five-minute audio essays on a wide range of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects, brought to you by long-time host Peter Neill. Available for RSS feed, podcast, and syndicated use at no cost by community radio stations worldwide.
Oct 12, 2013
"Globalization" is a term embroidered in meaning and often misunderstood. Is globalization a modern phenomenon or a function of history? In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will present three compelling examples to argue for the idea that globalization has existed since the first intrepid sailors left land for destinations unknown. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a...
Oct 05, 2013
Maritime Museums are one of the key conduits for modern day understanding of maritime history, yet many are struggling. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will outline some possible causes for the decline in interest and visitation and what steps maritime museums might take to evolve in a time when maritime contributions and connections are as relevant to modern life as ever before. Image: Crew members aboard SS Norco in England during WWII. Courtesy of the Marstal Maritime...
Sep 30, 2013
The past few years have marked a shift away from talk of "peak oil" and subsidies in support of renewable technologies, returning us to aggressive fossil fuel extraction. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will assert that there is nothing to be gained from our short-term avoidance and denial of our reliance on fossil fuels. And he will ask, "What are we doing here? What are we doing to ourselves? To the ocean and the earth? Why are standing by and letting...
Sep 22, 2013
In the past decade, dams have been targeted as outdated, inefficient energy providers with serious impacts for the immediate and downstream environments. Of the 79,000 dams in the national inventory, some 925 have been removed in the last 100 years. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will share six strategies to improve dam operations and reduce impacts, as well as new technologies in hydropower development....
Sep 16, 2013
In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will suggest a number of strategies to engage us to take action for the world ocean, especially at a time when many feel despair, helplessness and a feeling that there is no individual way to make a difference. Here is a poem by the late Irish poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney that distills the meaning of the ocean to a few clear words: Lovers on Aran The timeless waves, bright, sifting, broken glass, Came dazzling around, into the...
Sep 08, 2013
Today we live with the weather as never before. Access to weather information is all around us. The news is continuously driven not just by more sophisticated forecasts but by the consequences of weather far beyond the local to include the entire world. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss the understanding of weather and how the awareness of its impact on our lives has exploded exponentially....
Aug 30, 2013
"Citizen Science" is a relatively new term used to describe non-specialist research carried out by pioneering teams of private individuals, foundations and organizations utilizing the power of the internet to collaborate around the globe. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will outline a number of innovative projects and a way in which anyone can collect data and conduct research using sophisticated yet affordable submersible equipment. He'll suggest that the...
Aug 25, 2013
In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill offers an observation on the essential nature and power of light in our lives. He suggests that the light nearest the shore is different than any other, and that the variety of light on or near the ocean is an essential element of the sea experience, with the redemptive power to liberate and heal.  ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a...
Aug 16, 2013
The ocean is complicated and diverse. Yet thanks to peripatetic ocean advocate Wallace J. Nichols, the blue marble has become a symbol for better understanding the ocean as an essential element in our lives. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will share his practice of carrying blue marbles with him wherever he goes, gifting them to new friends, thereby developing an understanding that an acceptance of the blue marble creates a shared responsibility for the ocean future. You...
Aug 10, 2013
Recent studies by a collaboration of research scientists, institutions and vessels have discovered a new ecological habitat: microbes colonizing and thriving on reefs of plastic that pollute our ocean. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will share some of the findings and analysis of the myriad microorganisms discovered there and the complex, synergistic relationships that are developing in these vast new floating mats of disintegrating plastic and chemicals....
Aug 04, 2013
Russia's global maritime presence is changing. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss inter-regional trade on the Baltic, a seeming lack of cooperation to EU proposed guidelines to limit nitrogen and phosphorous loads, and recent headlines which decry Russia's opposition to proposals that would protect the Ross Sea and East Antarctica. Their actions are seen as a stall to progress and a blow to international cooperation and goodwill....
Jul 26, 2013
World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill recently attended the Ocean Exploration 2020 National Forum, a gathering of U.S. ocean exploration leadership, individuals charged by the U.S. Congress to recommend an oceanographic agenda, specific research goals and objectives to be taken by 2020. The event was hosted by NOAA and other partners, and held at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. In this episode we'll share conference approaches, discussions and consensus on a number of ocean...
Jul 19, 2013
Fresh water as a resource is under constant threat by over-consumption, toxins, pollutants and waste from industrial and agricultural production. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will argue the need for equitable and sustainable water practice and distribution and will begin to outline solutions to the global water crisis--small, incremental local actions that will collectively make a difference. ________________________________________________________________________...
Jul 12, 2013
In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss the stark juxtaposition of two ocean stories, extreme in their differences, linked in unexpected, oppositional ways. The first example is a race for the world's first underwater luxury hotel; the second is a story of floating schools in Bangladesh serving 70,000 children affected by their changing, watery environment. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of...
Jul 07, 2013
The ocean is a valuable and biodiverse resource for new medicines, treatment for present and future diseases, and is a potential major contributor for the future of global public health. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss the various international, political and regulatory challenges of pharmaceutical exploration. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean Radio...
Jun 28, 2013
Atlantic Memory is a concept which includes every aspect of maritime culture in order to inspire greater public understanding of maritime endeavors as they relate to modern life. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill uses Bernard Cadoret, French maritime traditionalist, as an example of a man and a vision whose time has come again: when public awareness of maritime cultural meaning may, by some accounts, be waning....