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.
Jul 25, 2014
In this fourth and final episode of a multi-part series on the final report released by the Global Ocean Commission, From Decline to Recovery, A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean, World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill addresses the report's concluding recommendations: Proposal 7, Global Ocean Accountability Board: Monitoring Progress toward a Healthy Ocean; and Proposal 8, Creating a High Seas Regeneration Zone. ________________________________________________________________________...
Jul 21, 2014
In Part 3 of a multi-part series on the final report released by the Global Ocean Commission, From Decline to Recovery, A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean, World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill addresses Proposal 5, Plastics: Keeping Them Out of the Ocean, and Proposal 6, Offshore Oil and Gas: Establishing Binding International Safety Standards and Liability. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a...
Jul 11, 2014
In Part 2 of a multi-part series on the final report released by the Global Ocean Commission, World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill explains the first two proposals of the 8-part plan for ocean recovery: 1. the UN Sustainable Development Goal for the Ocean: putting a healthy living ocean at the heart of future development, and 2. Governing the High Seas: promoting its care and recovery.  ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean...
Jul 07, 2014
The Global Ocean Commission released a new report in June, calling for wide-ranging actions over the next five years to reduce the process from decline to recovery. In Part One of a multi-part series, World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill outlines this comprehensive plan, beginning with the major drivers of ocean decline and the Plan’s eight proposals for ocean recovery. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean Radio, provides...
Jun 27, 2014
The June 2014 Our Ocean Conference in Washington DC, hosted by the U.S. State Department, may have provided a turning point for ocean issues in the United States and the international community at large. Many sweeping commitments, partnerships and initiatives came out of the summit. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will highlight some of the major announcements made during this one amazing week. ________________________________________________________________________ Peter...
Jun 20, 2014
Plastic is everywhere: seen and unseen, in wetlands, in swirling gyres of debris, on beaches, and in the water column. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss just how pervasive plastics have become by describing microbeads, particulates found in exfoliant creams and whitening toothpastes which are flushed, by the billions, down through the waste water network and into rivers, lakes, and ocean. ________________________________________________________________________...
Jun 13, 2014
Arctic opportunities and territorial claims are on the rise as temperatures change and the ice melts. Once impassable, the Arctic is now increasingly accessible to drilling, shipping traffic, and other global enterprise. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill describes what a transformed Arctic might look like, and suggests that we should be encouraging, subsidizing, and investing in alternative technologies so that we may leave the pristine North alone....
Jun 06, 2014
What do we see in a single drop of ocean water? A recent image captured by David Liittschwager for National Geographic reveals an impressive abundance of many types of microscopic organisms. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will describe some of the creatures discovered there, and will discuss the larger systems at work in the vast cosmos of a single drop. Image: A single drop of seawater, magnified 25 times, teems with life. Credit: David Liittschwager | National...
May 30, 2014
On June 8th we celebrate World Oceans Day to recognize and celebrate our relationship with the ocean through global connection. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will ask, "What is World Oceans Day meant to do?" and, "What does it take for the will of the people to coalesce around a single issue, to be informed and changed into a voice for change?" ________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host of World Ocean...
May 26, 2014
Researchers have presented a paper on the concept of floating nuclear power stations, the results of which are outlined in a recent article in The Economist entitled, "All at Sea." In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill outlines both the article and the proposal, explains some of the usual assumptions about the ocean which the proposal contains, and cautions us to proceed with care as this new technology means much would be at stake for safety and health--not only of...
May 16, 2014
The Ocean Exchange, founded in 2010 and based in the United States, offers a platform for identifying, accelerating and promoting the solutions and innovations that positively impact the environment, economies and health. They do this by connecting innovators and organizations, advocating for collaborations, and providing capital investment through an annual contest and financial awards. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will outline four recent prizewinners that offer...
May 09, 2014
We may be at the edge of our climate moment. Public opinion appears to be turning toward a fuller understanding of the impacts of climate change and the implications for our future. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will suggest a way to form a viral revolution, concentrating our voices in one place--the office of the President of the United States--to demand a response to our expectations for action and change.  Here is the message for the President: Dear President...
May 04, 2014
The National Flood Insurance Program has paid more than $38 billion in claims since 1978. It was meant to be a self-supporting system, but currently costs American taxpayers $200 million per year. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will outline some of the reasons why this program is not working, especially as extreme weather becomes more prevalent, increasing levels of destruction. __________________________________________________________________________ Peter Neill, host...
Apr 25, 2014
Fish supplies are being rapidly depleted due to overfishing, especially in the deep ocean outside of national jurisdiction. The EU has developed actions intended to confront and limit illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU); beyond these measures, two California scientists are advocating for a radical idea: close the high seas to fishing altogether. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will share the ideas outlined in the study and will suggest that it is just such...
Apr 18, 2014
World Ocean Observatory recently established an alliance with the Global Partnership for Oceans, a growing partnership of more than 140 governments, U.N. agencies, international organizations, private companies, research institutions, and others committed to addressing the threats to the health, productivity, and resilience of the ocean. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will describe the objectives of the GPO and outline the points of a report released this year...
Apr 13, 2014
Ocean advocates often use hopeful language when campaigning for the causes they believe in. They speak of what is possible, embodying a spirit of hope, with the message that if we believe and work to make it so, things will turn out for the best. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will have us look at what might lie beyond hope, how we might apply our optimism to meet and advance our hopeful aspirations for the health of the ocean and for all who live by and around it....