World Ocean Radio

Share this
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 19, 2015
As a lead up to the Climate Summit in Paris scheduled for December (COP21), World Ocean Radio will highlight some encouraging signs of climate progress. In this week’s episode, host Peter Neill will focus on the growing movement by corporations, institutions, and individuals to divest their financial holdings from fossil fuels. And he'll introduce the work of The Climate Group, a coalition of environmental and financial groups devoted to creating a “clean revolution” by working to develop...
Oct 13, 2015
The Pope's recent visit to the United States sparked much conversation and debate about the environment. Pope Francis has been very clear in his views on climate change as a real factor in today's world, and has expressed that we must understand and respond to these problems for our future survival. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will quote from the Pope's encyclical in which he provides a series of warnings about the health of the ocean and a sustainable future.
Oct 05, 2015
In late September Royal Dutch Shell announced it has terminated oil exploration and drilling efforts in the Arctic, citing disappointing exploratory results, high costs and strict regulations as their reasons to quit. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will assert that this is a great step forward for the protection of the Arctic and will express hope that Shell will go on to invest in other projects such as solar and wind that they might help to shift the paradigm for the...
Sep 28, 2015
Oysters have had a history of ebb and flow, plenty and scarcity, and in New York Harbor there was a time when the waters were so polluted that oyster populations diminished and interest in consumption vanished. Enter the Harbor School, an innovative high school on Governor’s Island on the East River in New York City. They have launched a project to revive the defunct oyster populations through an ambitious goal of restoring no less than one billion oysters to the harbor. In this episode of...
Sep 21, 2015
The climate is changing: changing moisture, increased temperature, accelerated growth and distribution of pollen, increased allergic reactions. Scientists agree that climate impacts are the defining issue of our time. Thankfully, many are working to build a framework for climate future planning. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill hails the work of Dr. Paul Mayewski and his team at the Climate Change Institute who are creating a powerful software matrix that will relate...
Sep 14, 2015
World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill recently witnessed a beautiful full moon rise from an island perch in Maine. The silent, stealthy way that it rose in the sky got him ruminating about water, tide, sun, current, power, light, nature, human emotion, and the often under-appreciated, surreal force of the moon.
Aug 31, 2015
"We live in a sea of radioactivity. The danger is in the dose." ~ Ken Buesseler, Marine Chemist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution The West Coast of the United States seems under siege—both on land and offshore. Many inter-related consequences can be used to explain the terrestrial problems plaguing the Pacific states, but what of the issues facing the ocean? The effect of leaking radiation has long raised concerns as a cause for many inexplicable natural events. Since 2004 Ken Buesseler and...
Aug 24, 2015
A recent series of investigative stories entitled "The Outlaw Ocean" by Ian Urbina of the New York Times exposes the dark side of the deep sea, describing real abuses, crime and violence in international waters. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill summarizes the four-part “Outlaw Ocean” series, praising Urbina’s work to educate the public by exposing the labor, human rights, and environmental abuses occurring out of sight, on the high seas.
Aug 17, 2015
A San Diego County Water Authority project to construct a 6-acre desalination plant, the largest of its kind in the United States, comes at a time when the traditional water supply system in California is overwhelmed by changing climate, high agricultural demand, and high consumption by an increased population. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will describe the process of desalination, break down the numbers, and describe the objections to and development of this...
Aug 10, 2015
After water, the largest volume of natural material used to support global growth is sand. Demand has grown exponentially in the last two decades as Arab and Asian nations grapple with ways to expand land mass, economic zone, and geo-political standing. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will describe the impacts of sand extraction on the environment and will outline the true measure of its cost and the prospects for international protection and oversight.
Jul 28, 2015
This week marks the 350th episode of World Ocean Radio, a weekly program of five-minute audio essays on a wide range of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. Since 2014 World Ocean Radio has been translated into five languages, and in this anniversary episode host Peter Neill enlists its supporters to help spread the word and market the program to broader audiences around the globe.
Jul 20, 2015
The global water crisis and the prospects for future water resources is forcing adjustments for how we measure its use, how it is valued, and how (and to whom) it is allocated. In this fifth episode of a multi-part series on water, host Peter Neill suggests that in order to solve the fresh water problem we must first understand how much water is available and how it is being used—by understanding the “watermark” measures of use at every level of supply and demand; and he returns to the Water...
Jul 13, 2015
In last week's edition of World Ocean Radio we urged listeners to measure their water footprint using the WaterFootprint.org water calculator. In this week's episode we continue to discuss the work of the Water Footprint Network, this time by breaking down a case study which examines the true environmental impact and water consumption of manufacturing, following three Volkswagen models along their production cycle in order to glean a regionalized water inventory.
Jul 06, 2015
The global water crisis and the prospects for future water resources is forcing adjustments for how we measure the water that is used, how it is valued, and how (and to whom) it is allocated. In this third episode of a multi-part series on water, host Peter Neill will introduce the Water Footprint Network, an online tool which was developed to help individuals, companies, municipalities, and governments with water assessments, to design stewardship plans, and to get a better understanding of...
Jun 29, 2015
The global water crisis and the prospects for future water resources is forcing adjustments for how we measure the water that is used, how it is valued, and how (and to whom) it is allocated. In this second episode of a multi-part series on water, host Peter Neill will suggest that in order to understand how to value the water cycle and how it works in a time of climate change and unrestricted use, we will need to define new strategies for measurement and management.
Jun 22, 2015
The global water crisis and the prospects for future water resources is forcing adjustments for how we measure the water that is used, how it is valued, and how (and to whom) it is allocated. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, first of a multi-part series, host Peter Neill will argue that what is required is a complete overhaul of the water inventory, including measurements for its use, in a new green economy.