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. Learn more about World Ocean Radio HERE .


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...
May 04, 2013
Fisheries crime is on the rise and the consequences are dire. In most instances of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), enforcement is a major issue: lack of personnel, commitment to prosecution, and the capacity to survey and arrest on the vast, open ocean. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss efforts being made my Interpol and other organizations to combat unreported fishing loss, the cost to the global economy, and the ever-shrinking core group of...
Apr 27, 2013
The crisis of water is an indisputable one, as evidenced by a public increasingly aware of the urgency of ocean and fresh water issues. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will give a stark example of a water cycle interrupted on every level, and will discuss the response required to sustain life on Earth. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean Radio, provides...
Apr 14, 2013
We continue to look for solutions to our most pressing future challenges: fresh water, food, energy, health, and security. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss the possibility that we may have to abandon previously valued systems for a sustainable future. He will ask, "What form might our newly valued world take?" and will suggest that we need not look too far into the past to find a new model for the future, taking a critical look at the sustainable,...
Apr 12, 2013
There are many organizations, conferences and commissions dedicated to ocean policy, research and education, yet public perceptions of ocean issues have not changed much in the last ten years, nor has there been encouraging progress on ocean-related issues. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will introduce yet another ocean advocate--the Global Ocean Commission--convened by a panel of figures from around the world intent on finding solutions to the crises facing the world...
Apr 05, 2013
Advances in technology bring us new, visionary underwater devices to record and transmit observational data. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss two such observatories: Aquarius, operated by Florida International University, and Sea Orbiter, a conceptual vehicle currently in research and development by architect Jacques Rougerie--both technological advances that may have, in the past, existed only in our imaginations....
Mar 29, 2013
In a continuation of last week's episode, "Hard Edges," host Peter Neill argues that the hard edge has failed us, evidenced by storms that overwhelm barriers and destroy coastal structures. In this episode he will give examples of some of the slowly emerging examples of soft edge engineering and will ask, "How can we turn the new circumstances brought on by sea level rise to our advantage?" ________________________________________________________________________ Peter...
Mar 22, 2013
Our traditional approach to protection from sea and surge has been the hard edge, with the mission to shield us from the encroachment of water. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will take us through the history of the industrial management of ports, wetlands and watersheds and will share some modern examples of "hard edge" engineering and the challenges for existing structures in the face of projected sea level rise, extreme weather and coastal flooding....
Mar 15, 2013
On a recent visit to Kauai, the oldest of the Hawaiian islands, host Peter Neill had chance encounters with breaching whales offshore and a monk seal on the beach. The experiences prompted this reflection of what it means to be connected to real, meaningful, living things in our natural world.   ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum...
Mar 08, 2013
In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill continues a discussion of the Global Environment Facility/ United Nations Development Program "Catalyzing Ocean Finance" report and provides two examples of well-executed sustainability measures: the Black Sea Drainage Basin and the Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of...
Mar 01, 2013
Recently, the Global Environmental Facility and the United Nations Development Program combined their talents and experience to address ocean solutions on the scale required to make a difference. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will begin to outline the findings of their work, which have been published in a two-volume journal entitled "Catalyzing Ocean Finance." ________________________________________________________________________ Peter...
Feb 23, 2013
Many of literature's great classics are set on the ocean where Nature's beauty and force are bound to the human experience. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will suggest that the greatest author of such sea-based literature was Joseph Conrad and will share some observations from one of Conrad's most well-known books on the ocean, "The Mirror of the Sea." _________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill,...
Feb 13, 2013
Canals bring people together through work, exchange and community. They hold a special place for many as the lifeblood of a city, as historic centers, as sites that provide us with a better understanding of architecture, art, culture, civilization and more. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will take us on a tour of the canals of the world. _________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, Director of the World...
Feb 08, 2013
The maritime industry is a major index of the health of the global economy and is a significant economic contributor to employment the world over. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will outline ways in which the sea serves as a massive system of global activity and will assert that the maritime industry may be a bell-weather of better things to come. _________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean...
Feb 02, 2013
Civilization was built by the sea. The 20th century waterfront was an accumulation of functions that were best placed on or near the coast. As populations grew, demands emerged with greater impactful consequences. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will ask, "What will a 21st century waterfront look like? What will benefit the future welfare and health of urban populations? How will we make it work for us as a necessary and fulfilling reality in the future?"...