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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.
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.
Jun 15, 2015
The Next System Project was developed to identify alternatives, foster conversations, evaluate fresh ideas, and propose solutions that will help us to reformulate values and behaviors in today’s political and economical climate. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss the first report of the Next System Project, which outlines a number of alternative theories and structures, providing the creative thinking and options which have the potential to expand the boundaries...
Jun 08, 2015
What is the possibility of a post-capitalism economic model to support the values and behaviors for a new era filled with alternative technologies, political action, and finance? In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss Naomi Klein’s new book “This Changes Everything” and will introduce the Next System Project, a Democracy Collaborative initiative with the goal to change the paradigm of economic development toward a new system, exploring political and economic...
May 29, 2015
The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership has been causing conflict of late, with a broad range of disagreements over key provisions and debates intensifying due to lack of information available to the public. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss climate and environment as it relates to the agreement, and will cite from a draft analysis on environmental issues recently published in the New York Law Journal by Stephen L. Kass which provides interesting insight into...
May 18, 2015
The Rasuwaghadi Dam project in Nepal, severely damaged by the recent earthquake, is mired in controversy. One of many mega-projects along the Tishuli River, it is simultaneously over-engineered due to future inadequate supply of water from decreased glacial melt, and under-engineered due to risk factors such as earthquakes. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will cite from a recent report from New Yorker Magazine author Isabel Hunter who revealed sobering facts about the...
May 11, 2015
Because of persistent drought and water crises due to unsustainable practices, California is facing many challenges to its very existence. It is water that built California and opened the West to expansion; and it is water now that poses the single-most challenging aspect of its future. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will share headlines of the last few weeks related to the water crisis, and will suggest that to find a solution we must look to an entirely new value...
May 04, 2015
"Virtual water" is the water we incorporate into our lives each day that is not listed on labels or calculated into price. that we incorporate into our lives each day but is not listed on labels or calculated into price. When you begin to add it all up, the statistics are dizzying. We are in an age of increased demand and diminishing supply, even while energy extraction methods such as hydrofracking consume, remove, and contaminate billions of gallons of fresh water each year. In this episode...
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...