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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.
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,...
Dec 08, 2013
A recent legal case involving a man from Kiribati claiming refugee status from the impacts of climate has captured world media attention. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss the case and its implication for future refugees and will argue that developed economies are the responsible perpetrators of crimes against the defenseless victims of climate change. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean...
Nov 29, 2013
This week's broadcast is the 250th edition of World Ocean Radio. We wish to thank all our listeners, broadcasters and partners in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa, New Zealand, and Hong Kong, China, and additionally through internet streaming, podcast subscriptions and RSS feeds, for the attention and support. We will continue this effort and will be expanding our global reach with translations into French, Spanish, and Portuguese in 2014. As with most major milestones here...
Nov 22, 2013
The most serious, debilitating circumstance affecting the ocean today may be acidification, the changing pH or acid balance in the water column with devastating impacts on the marine food chain, species migration and reproduction. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will report on the recently-released 20 Facts About Ocean Acidification. For more information and ocean acidification resources, visit Ocean Climate today. ...
Nov 15, 2013
Ownership of cultural discoveries such as shipwrecks has long been debated by governments, historical institutions, private business and salvers and usually garner widespread international media coverage. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will tell the story of a 2008 discovery of treasure from the Oranjemund Shipwreck on Namibia's diamond mining coast—a vast collection of gold, silver, and cultural riches—and will argue that discoveries such as these belong...
Nov 08, 2013
The fresh water cycle is ever-changing and in increasing demand due to growing populations, changing weather patterns, industrialization and the pursuit of cheap energy. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will hail the work of Circle of Blue and will give examples of massive amounts of water transported for support of industrial and energy initiatives in the United States and abroad. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of...
Nov 04, 2013
World Ocean Radio often touches upon "values," principles which guide our social, political, financial and communal interests. Value shifts such as the movement toward sustainability and value clashes such as the case of thirty activists currently jailed in Russia call to question whether we as a global society can build new forums for discussion and resolution. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will explain the impact of social media which serves to unify like-...
Oct 25, 2013
The "silk road" of Marco Polo's 13th century journey to the East is being revived, as is its ocean parallel, the "maritime silk road" which is fast-becoming a major player in China's rise as a global economic power. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss China as the emerging world market and trade partner and the role of the ocean in the presence of rising demand for oil, goods and services....
Oct 21, 2013
The spectacle of the America's Cup concluded in September in San Francisco Bay, bringing to a close the high stakes game of capital enterprise and extreme sporting. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will argue that extreme sport is no sport at all and will give examples of recreational sea experience the world over that showcase traditional vessels and maritime culture for everyone,  as a means to provide access and entertainment while building community....
Oct 12, 2013
"Globalization" is a term embroidered in meaning and often misunderstood. Is globalization a modern phenomenon or a function of history? In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will present three compelling examples to argue for the idea that globalization has existed since the first intrepid sailors left land for destinations unknown. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a...
Oct 05, 2013
Maritime Museums are one of the key conduits for modern day understanding of maritime history, yet many are struggling. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will outline some possible causes for the decline in interest and visitation and what steps maritime museums might take to evolve in a time when maritime contributions and connections are as relevant to modern life as ever before. Image: Crew members aboard SS Norco in England during WWII. Courtesy of the Marstal Maritime...
Sep 30, 2013
The past few years have marked a shift away from talk of "peak oil" and subsidies in support of renewable technologies, returning us to aggressive fossil fuel extraction. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will assert that there is nothing to be gained from our short-term avoidance and denial of our reliance on fossil fuels. And he will ask, "What are we doing here? What are we doing to ourselves? To the ocean and the earth? Why are standing by and letting...
Sep 22, 2013
In the past decade, dams have been targeted as outdated, inefficient energy providers with serious impacts for the immediate and downstream environments. Of the 79,000 dams in the national inventory, some 925 have been removed in the last 100 years. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will share six strategies to improve dam operations and reduce impacts, as well as new technologies in hydropower development....
Sep 16, 2013
In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will suggest a number of strategies to engage us to take action for the world ocean, especially at a time when many feel despair, helplessness and a feeling that there is no individual way to make a difference. Here is a poem by the late Irish poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney that distills the meaning of the ocean to a few clear words: Lovers on Aran The timeless waves, bright, sifting, broken glass, Came dazzling around, into the...
Sep 08, 2013
Today we live with the weather as never before. Access to weather information is all around us. The news is continuously driven not just by more sophisticated forecasts but by the consequences of weather far beyond the local to include the entire world. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss the understanding of weather and how the awareness of its impact on our lives has exploded exponentially....