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.
May 26, 2014
Researchers have presented a paper on the concept of floating nuclear power stations, the results of which are outlined in a recent article in The Economist entitled, "All at Sea." In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill outlines both the article and the proposal, explains some of the usual assumptions about the ocean which the proposal contains, and cautions us to proceed with care as this new technology means much would be at stake for safety and health--not only of...
May 16, 2014
The Ocean Exchange, founded in 2010 and based in the United States, offers a platform for identifying, accelerating and promoting the solutions and innovations that positively impact the environment, economies and health. They do this by connecting innovators and organizations, advocating for collaborations, and providing capital investment through an annual contest and financial awards. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will outline four recent prizewinners that offer...
May 09, 2014
We may be at the edge of our climate moment. Public opinion appears to be turning toward a fuller understanding of the impacts of climate change and the implications for our future. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will suggest a way to form a viral revolution, concentrating our voices in one place--the office of the President of the United States--to demand a response to our expectations for action and change.  Here is the message for the President: Dear President...
May 04, 2014
The National Flood Insurance Program has paid more than $38 billion in claims since 1978. It was meant to be a self-supporting system, but currently costs American taxpayers $200 million per year. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will outline some of the reasons why this program is not working, especially as extreme weather becomes more prevalent, increasing levels of destruction. __________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host...
Apr 25, 2014
Fish supplies are being rapidly depleted due to overfishing, especially in the deep ocean outside of national jurisdiction. The EU has developed actions intended to confront and limit illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU); beyond these measures, two California scientists are advocating for a radical idea: close the high seas to fishing altogether. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will share the ideas outlined in the study and will suggest that it is just such...
Apr 18, 2014
World Ocean Observatory recently established an alliance with the Global Partnership for Oceans, a growing partnership of more than 140 governments, U.N. agencies, international organizations, private companies, research institutions, and others committed to addressing the threats to the health, productivity, and resilience of the ocean. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will describe the objectives of the GPO and outline the points of a report released this year...
Apr 13, 2014
Ocean advocates often use hopeful language when campaigning for the causes they believe in. They speak of what is possible, embodying a spirit of hope, with the message that if we believe and work to make it so, things will turn out for the best. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will have us look at what might lie beyond hope, how we might apply our optimism to meet and advance our hopeful aspirations for the health of the ocean and for all who live by and around it....
Apr 04, 2014
Over the past few years, demand for seaweed has grown beyond its status as a long-lived local, seasonal harvest. Today it is used for fertilizer, health products, and as an additive to processed food. Rockweed has become vulnerable to larger corporate interests, yet another under-regulated natural resource that is under-managed, over-harvested, and over-exploited. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will describe the industrial practice of rockweed harvest and processing and...
Mar 28, 2014
No place on Earth is immune from strategic oil. Technological advances have aided us in our objectives toward growth at all cost, and our capacity for consumption has led us beyond the point of unsustainable demand. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss what lies beyond the conventional recovery for oil and gas: devastated landscapes abandoned to frack deposits below the ocean floor, energy companies competing for oil interests in the Arctic, despite the risks,...
Mar 23, 2014
Of all the types of waste in the marine ecosystem, plastic is perhaps the best known: it shows up on beaches, in the stomachs of shore birds, fish and mammals, in the vast, swirling gyre in the Pacific. While recycling technology and acceptance has advanced for glass, metal and paper, only a fraction of plastic is recycled. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will argue that we must recover the plastic already in the waste stream, creating incentives, cost benefits and...
Mar 14, 2014
In light of a recent all-night vigil on the Senate floor (see #Up4Climate), World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill was inspired to write this week’s episode, sounding off about the egregious failure of governance with regard to climate change: one of the most pressing issues for the future of human survival. In this episode he’ll suggest that we must get beyond the inaction of our governing bodies and engage as individuals, organizations, educators, and activists to counter the forces...
Mar 07, 2014
Pollution is an excess of any given thing: waste, pesticide, acid, carbon—-any one thing in extreme which tips the scales, compromises stability, security, and survival. Moral pollution is a principle or ideology with a similar effect, and includes greed, hypocrisy, disruption and corruption. Overt examples can be seen in the corporate world but we see moral pollution everywhere: in government, in politics, and in individuals with ideas that exploit the making of money for personal gain...
Feb 28, 2014
Vast amounts of resources are being consumed due to the increasing demand for electrical products and devices. This has led to mining of the ocean floor to recover gold, silver, and other precious metals. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss a recycling alternative to the acquisition of new materials: the mining of e-waste, metals already in the urban stream which become obsolete, get replaced, or are discarded....
Feb 21, 2014
Bloomberg Philanthropies recently announced its Vibrant Oceans Initiative, a $53 million, 5-year effort to boost fish populations in Brazil, the Philippines, and Chile, a reform which will revitalize 7% of the world’s fisheries. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will describe the initiative according to the Foundation’s website, and will counter that while the project is groundbreaking in scale, concept, strategy, and funding, it is perhaps too broad-based an...
Feb 16, 2014
The world ocean is a sick sea. The symptoms are no longer deniable as we hear and become familiar with stories of reported spills and leaks, dying reefs, warming temperatures, melting ice, changing pH, depleted fisheries, and hypoxic zones. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will talk about the state of the world ocean, will discuss “sea blindness” as a symptom of our current condition, and will ask, “What will it take?”, suggesting that we know...
Feb 10, 2014
The world's first open cut deep water mining operation in pursuit of silver, gold, and copper on the ocean floor has been granted license by the New Guinea government--a multimillion dollar project with potential for great wealth and profit. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss the indigenous people of Papua New Guinea who stand to be most affected by this pursuit, the issue of resource nationalism, the effects of deep ocean mining operations on the concentrations...