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.
May 23, 2016
In this fourth and final episode in a series on writers who have shaped his interest in the ocean and the natural world, host Peter Neill discusses the work of American author, essayist, and fiction writer Barry Lopez, whose “Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape” stands as a classic--one of the most encompassing and evocative portraits of a natural place ever written.
May 16, 2016
In the third of a four-part series on writers who have shaped his interest in the ocean and the natural world, host Peter Neill reads from essayist Robert Macfarlane's best selling non-fiction work "The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot", a blend of natural history, travel writing, and more. In it, Macfarlane encourages an understanding of the natural world as a means to discover better paths, new imaginings, and inspirational ways forward.
May 09, 2016
In the second of a four-part series on writers who have shaped his interest in the ocean and the natural world, host Peter Neill highlights the work of American author, poet, essayist, and literary critic Annie Dillard. As one of the preeminent naturalists of our time, Dillard’s close observations of nature remind us that to grasp the micro and macro cosmic elements of our lives requires a willingness to immerse oneself, to listen, and to observe.
May 02, 2016
In the first of a four-part series on writers who have shaped his interest in Nature and the ocean, host Peter Neill highlights the work of 20th century American writer Loren Eiseley. Eiseley was a researcher, teacher, scholar, essayist, and poet. He was an academic who was both a scientist and a humanist, one who maintains a place of eminence in the literary world, now more than 30 years after his death. His work was once described as delivering “science to non-scientists in the lyrical...
Amy Browne, host of Maine Currents
Apr 30, 2016
In this half hour interview with Amy Browne, host of WERU-FM's "Maine Currents", Peter Neill discusses his new book, "The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society." During the interview they discuss fresh water, climate change, ways in which the sea connects all things, plastic pollution, why the ocean matters, and having hope and optimism for the future.
Apr 25, 2016
As of late March the Obama Administration is no longer considering Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine for national monument designation. This news, delivered to a room of fishing industry regulators, came as a blow to conservationists who have sought monument status for years. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will offer his thoughts on the rationale which favors preserving this and other essential, bio-diverse seascapes, and that of the fishermen and state regulators who...
Apr 18, 2016
The public trust doctrine is designed to protect our natural resources for the benefit of future generations. Plaintiffs in a number of legal cases around the country, with the help of Our Children’s Trust, have been fighting to bring legal action against state and federal governments, claiming not enough is being done to protect their future by reducing global warming. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss one particular climate change case, a landmark victory in...
Apr 11, 2016
Since the creation and ratification of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), many international experts have been debating how to create a binding instrument to address marine areas outside of national jurisdiction—the high seas. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill details the complex and time-consuming process of creating and implementing international ocean policy, and hails the work of the many people who contribute to the process of building an...
Apr 05, 2016
Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, has recently published a new book, “THE ONCE AND FUTURE OCEAN: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society” in which he lays forth the proposition that the age of unlimited growth driven by fossil fuels is over. He claims that a new world view is required now, one around which we can organize our values and behaviors based on our relationship with water: our most precious resource. In this episode of World Ocean Radio...
Mar 28, 2016
W2O Director Peter Neill recently spent time in the Galapagos Islands and is back to share his observations from a long-anticipated trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site. In this episode he praises the management of the island which works to protect it from the crush of modern day, and he heralds the work of the under-funded Darwin Center, enlisting the help of the World Ocean Radio broadcast audience in support of the Center’s objectives and plan to ensure the Galapagos remains as natural as...
Mar 22, 2016
In this fourth and final episode dedicated to outlining the complexities contained in the United Nations World Ocean Assessment, host Peter Neill focuses on the State of Oregon in the US, where a robust ocean stewardship program is in place, focusing on many of the issues and utilizing recommendations outlined in the Report.
Mar 11, 2016
In this third of four episodes dedicated to outlining the complexities contained in the United Nations World Ocean Assessment, host Peter Neill explores the concept of “ecosystem services” as a way to account for absent values when attempting to reconcile the balance sheet of human interaction with Nature. And he explains that activities such as offshore fishing have too many variables to be calculated by conventional measures and must be considered for their full compliment of impacts.
Mar 04, 2016
In this second of four episodes dedicated to outlining the complexities contained in the United Nations World Ocean Assessment, host Peter Neill explores a partial list of the ocean issues contained in the Report, and argues that this baseline document demonstrates that we know enough about ocean issues and that we have the tools and actions at our disposal to make an immediate commitment and difference in the ocean future.
Mar 01, 2016
In January of 2016 the UN General Assembly accepted a 1,752 page report entitled "The First Global Integrated Marine Assessment: World Ocean Assessment 1." In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill begins to dive into the massive ocean document and explain its contents, first by outlining its ten basic themes and subsets of issues and challenges.
Feb 22, 2016
In October 2015 Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau overwhelmingly won the Canadian election for Prime Minister. In advance of the election, Premier Taptuna of the Arctic territory Nunavut wrote an open letter to the candidates. In it, he asked each to outline their vision for the future of the Arctic. The indigenous people of Canada have long endured unresolved discussions about issues such as environmental sustainability, economic and educational opportunity, access to technology and basic...
Feb 16, 2016
What does it mean to be accountable for our actions? Individuals are accountable for personal behaviors, commitments, and relationships with those around us. What about corporations? In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill questions why corporations are not held to the same standards, and outlines ways in which shareholders and the divestment movement have shown how engaged citizens can encourage and force changes in corporate behavior.