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.
Apr 27, 2015
In this fourth and final episode in the "Nature's Trust" series, host Peter Neill highlights two citizens' lawsuits filed against governments for failing to protect the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and a stable climate, using the legal principle of the Public Trust Doctrine to assert that governments are required by law to protect and maintain natural resources for future generations. This episode is part of a series on designing an enduring plan for the future which will protect natural...
Apr 20, 2015
Do natural systems belong to the public or do they belong to corporate and private interests? Do corporate entities have an obligation to sustain resources for the ongoing benefit of the public or can they be exploited to exhaustion? In this episode of World Ocean Radio we discuss the conflict of ownership and control of our natural resources, and continue the discussion of Professor Mary Christina Wood’s “Nature’s Trust” and the public trust doctrine. This episode is part of a series on...
Apr 13, 2015
What would the American landscape look like if we had no legislation? Would it be habitable today? In this episode of World Ocean Radio we discuss the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the foundation of which is the Public Trust Doctrine, which we began discussing last week in Part 1. This episode is part of a series on designing an enduring plan for the future which will protect natural resources such as water, wildlife, and air beyond the challenging...
Apr 06, 2015
How do we organize a civilized response to the needs of a new age? What do we want and how can we achieve it in a democratic society based on the rule of law? In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill attempts to answer these questions and more. This is part 1 of a 3-part series on designing a plan for the future which will protect natural resources such as water, wildlife, and air, one which will endure over the challenging circumstances of the 21st century.
Mar 30, 2015
After wrapping up the multi-part “Planning with Water” series, World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill returns to the fresh water discussion with a water crisis of his own, despite the mountains of snow surrounding his Maine home this winter.
Mar 23, 2015
In the sixth and final installment of the "Planning with Water" series, host Peter Neill follows up on last week's episode in which he described the collapse of the water system in São Paulo, Brazil, a city long thought to have an inexhaustible water supply. In this episode he offers a positive example of a city in Moravia in the Czech Republic that is planning for a water system crisis before it's too late. The "Planning with Water" series looks toward building a new value premise and societal...
Mar 16, 2015
The “Planning with Water” series continues this week with discussion of the current water crisis in Brazil. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill asks, “What does it mean when we don’t plan with water?” and uses Sao Paolo, Brazil as an example of a mega-city in the midst of a critical water crisis, how the situation has developed over time, and what they and the rest of the world will be required to do to meet the global challenge. This episode is part of an ongoing series that...
Mar 09, 2015
In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill continues discussion of the global water crisis. This week he talks about water audits conducted by the Danish Hydraulic Institute and invites listeners to consider their own water use at home, asking that we consider how what we do each day plays into the larger hydraulic reality which affects us all. This episode is part of an ongoing series that looks toward building a new value premise and societal change around water as the most...
Mar 01, 2015
In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill continues a discussion about the most important issue facing the world today: the global water crisis. This week he highlights the Nile River Basin and a multi-institutional planning initiative on that massive and complex waterway which could be adapted as a tool for managing water assets on other interstate and trans-national waterways around the world. This episode is part of an ongoing series that looks toward building a new value premise...
Feb 23, 2015
In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill discusses the most important issue facing the world today: the global water crisis. Is it possible to construct a new system on the true value of water? Can we make, and execute, a new plan? This week we'll tackle these questions and more. This episode is part of an ongoing series that looks toward building a new value premise and societal change around water as the most valuable commodity on earth, essential to our future survival.
Feb 15, 2015
In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill discusses the most important issue facing the world today: the global water crisis. This episode is the first of an ongoing series that looks toward building a new value premise and societal change around water as the most valuable commodity on earth, essential to our future survival.
Feb 08, 2015
The price of oil has dropped to $50 per barrel and the landscape is changing: alternative energy is growing in success and popularity, industries have cancelled plans to drill in the Polar seas, there is talk of increased efficiency, improved technology, new energy policy, and “clean energy” are the buzzwords of our day. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss this shift away from oil dominance and will attribute it to a number of factors, including increased public...
Jan 30, 2015
The Japanese word "Mottainai" refers to the essence of things, and suggests that objects do not exist in isolation, rather that they are intrinsically linked to one another. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss this and other Japanese words and phrases which can be used to help us describe a new strategy for our relationship to the ocean, one which respects and sustains the values of Mother Nature so that we may rely on her natural resources for our future, and for...
Jan 05, 2015
Waste and the management of it are new challenges of these recent decades. How do we dispose of toxic waste, plastic packaging, electronics, and other discards of our modern society? Where does it all go? In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill talks about current efforts to recycle and re-purpose trash in efforts to slow contribution to the waste stream, and he suggests some new ideas for turning waste into profit.
Dec 29, 2014
As the world population has grown, the demand for food has increased, technologies for more efficient harvest have evolved, and our natural systems have been exploited at ever-increasing scale. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will present a recent suggestion by Dr. Daniel Pauly of the Sea Around Us Project which outlines a simple management plan that would solve the problem through an economic adjustment of scale.
Dec 15, 2014
Toxic chemicals released into watersheds and waterways remain a persistent problem despite the sounding of alarms, which for decades have railed against the uncontrolled use of fertilizers and pesticides. Today, the issue is as pervasive and as threatening as ever. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill shares research on international protections and management approaches and argues that despite best intentions, precautions against use and dispersal are limited, confused, mired...