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.
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...
Feb 03, 2014
Global positioning systems and other means of gathering, computing, and visualizing data have led to increased documentation, new tools for planning, and more efficient ways to engage with our natural and built systems. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will describe these geospatial technologies as they relate and are being applied to marine protected areas, coral reefs, coastal geography, and other natural areas and resources. ...
Jan 24, 2014
Climate conditions are rapidly changing, opening sea routes to major development, shipping, and underwater cable systems. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will describe the complicated system of cable and new developments which will link some of the remotest places on the planet. And he will remind us that along with the contributions to globalization there are destructive impacts to the ocean, which plays such an unexpected role in the communications nexus....
Jan 19, 2014
The ocean has served as a means of exchange for all manner of cargo: oil, chemicals, waste, arms, manufactured goods, raw materials, and human beings. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss the slave trade, human trafficking, refugees, and the ways in which they have shaped our culture, economic structure, and values. ___________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad...
Jan 12, 2014
In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will introduce World Ocean Journal, a new bi-annual e-magazine on ocean culture, issues and solutions. He will outline the contents of the inaugural issue which include essays, interviews, art, exhibits and performances profiling the impact of the ocean on our lives. Read more about World Ocean Journal and get a link to Volume I of this new e-magazine here. ___________________________________________________________________________ Peter...
Jan 05, 2014
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has no central "ocean" theme, but many of its myriad studies, projects, and educational initiatives touch on maritime culture. In addition to the World Heritage Site, UNESCO has captured a second designation entitled "intangible cultural heritage." In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will outline the four ocean-related practices, paraphrased from the UNESCO description....
Dec 28, 2013
2013 was an incredible year for the World Ocean Observatory. We celebrated many successes and reach a wider audience than ever before. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will share some of the accomplishments from the year and discuss some exciting initiatives planned for 2014. Thank you for your participation, commitment and support. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad...
Dec 20, 2013
At the close of each year, World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill reads "At The Fishhouses" by Elizabeth Bishop. This poem was chosen above all others not only for its relevance for the New Year, but because it distills years of Bishop's seaside meditations and evokes the clarity of meaning contained in personal encounters with the world ocean. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you from all of us here at the World Ocean Observatory. At The Fishhouses by Elizabeth Bishop...
Dec 14, 2013
In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss a number of small, local projects which apply management and sustainability concepts, conservation strategies, and infrastructure improvements, implemented by the very people the ideas and innovations are intended to serve. He will also describe the foundations and organizations which support such coastal projects. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean Radio,...