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.
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....
Jun 21, 2013
Reduce, reuse, recycle. The words "reduce" and "recycle" are common in our modern society, but what does it mean to reuse? In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss the concept of reuse, successful ways in which we practice it globally and locally, and examples of both personal and industrial sea- and land-based failed practices which leave behind many things rendered seemingly obsolete. ...
Jun 16, 2013
In late May a group of neuroscientists, oceanographers, artists, film makers, educators, poets, outdoor professionals and other blue-minded thinkers gathered at Blue Mind 3 to consider the science behind the question, “Why do we love water?” In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss the conference topic of empathy and will describe the work of one of the presenters, Van Curaza, whose organization--Operation Surf--uses recreational ocean therapy to help...
Jun 07, 2013
On June 8th we celebrate World Ocean Day to recognize our relationship with the ocean through global connection. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will ask, "What is Ocean Day meant to do?" and, "What does it take for the will of the people to coalesce around a single issue, to be informed and changed into a voice for change?" ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage...
May 31, 2013
Reciprocity makes everyone a winner, everyone a builder, everyone a giver. It is a simple framework that allows us to understand another way of being, how to support a shift from our present way that is making us all losers, all destroyers, and all takers until we have nothing left. Is that really what we want for the land, for the ocean, for ourselves and our future? In the previous episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill suggested reciprocity as a value on which to build our response...
May 24, 2013
There is no single fix to deal with the many challenges facing the world ocean. The ocean community has identified various strategies such as mitigation, adaptation, invention, and changes in value as interim steps to move us in the right direction. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss changes in behavior and core values such as sustainability and a newer concept--reciprocity, a state of mutual exchange--which would create an obligation wherein we pay back and...
May 17, 2013
A trophic cascade is an ecological phenomenon triggered by the addition or removal of top predators, involving changes in populations of both predator and prey through the food chain which often results in dramatic changes in the ecosystem. Shark, manta ray, totoaba, bahaba: all are aggressively harvested from the sea for supposed medicinal properties and status. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will ask, "Who is the top predator here?" and, "If certain...
May 10, 2013
Wind is of particular relevance to the ocean, as evidenced by the number of near and offshore wind turbine proposals currently projected and in motion. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will describe a variety of innovative wind projects in varying stages of development  and use around the globe. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean Radio, provides...