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 17, 2018
As fisheries worldwide are being depleted by over-fishing and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU), interest in an ever-expanding Arctic is growing exponentially. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill outlines a 2015 meeting of five Arctic nations during which catch limits were imposed; and a follow-up meeting in 2017 in which delegates from five additional countries took the agreement a step forward toward legally binding, an effort that would prevent commercial...
Jul 09, 2018
In this week's episode of World Ocean Radio we discuss publications, reports, and projects that are integral to the evolution of ocean policy and science, including the Atlas of Ocean Wealth, published in 2016 by the Nature Conservancy.
Jul 03, 2018
Carbon offsets offer ways for retailers and consumers to help meet the challenge of climate impacts and environmental consequences, and can be an effective means of contributing to conservation. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill introduces a new W2O carbon offset initiative in partnership with South Pole and UCapture that supports progressive action toward a carbon-diminished future.
Jun 25, 2018
In mid-June the World Ocean Observatory co-hosted the Arctic Summer Institute in Portland, Maine in partnership with the University of Maine School of Law and the Climate Change Institute. The purpose of the week-long conference was to advance the conversation of Arctic issues and events related to climate change. In this week's episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill outlines the long-standing agenda of traditional Arctic meetings and the ways that new investigations, conversations, and...
Jun 19, 2018
The sea has long been a source of storytelling and of real-time adventure tales. The great futuristic tale of our time is "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne. It is a story of the submarine vessel Nautilus and her captain, Nemo. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill discusses this and other tales, as well as the evolution of submarine technology and the advent of modern day underwater tools and devices for global ocean research in unexpected places.
Jun 12, 2018
We live in a time when environmental regulations are being rolled back in the United States and beyond. As such, many environmental groups are turning to the law to enforce and uphold protections against industrial pollutants and fossil fuel activities such as hydrofracking that are harmful to the environment. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we share certain cases and suits brought against polluters by groups such as the Center for Biological Diversity, Our Children's Trust, and most...
Jun 05, 2018
On June 8th we celebrate World Oceans Day, an annual day set aside to recognize our relationship with the ocean through global connection. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we ask what Oceans Day is meant to do and question what it will take for the will of the people to translate into a voice for change toward a healthy ocean and a sustainable future.
May 29, 2018
Humankind has for centuries been connected to the cycles of the year for sustenance from land and sea. We have built our communities and our spiritual and social celebrations around the observations of the seasons and the changing light. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill discusses this rich history and today's troubling impacts of scale, global food production, climate change, and the resultant consequences of our consumption. And he praises the recent trends pointing toward...
May 21, 2018
On June 9th, 2018, a March For The Ocean (M4O) will take place in Washington, D.C. and in cities around the world. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we encourage listeners to gather in the nation's capital, to find a march in a city nearby, to organize, and to volunteer. We argue that we must declare, loudly and publicly, that the ocean will prevail and will continue to support us for generations to come if only we have the courage and the will to sustain it.
May 14, 2018
As humans migrate toward the coastal zone in the next 30 to 50 years, less seaside space will be available for us to enjoy, to entice our senses, and to rejuvenate our souls. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill outlines some of the sensate experiences that may be at risk of being lost if and when we are deprived of our connections to the sea.
May 07, 2018
On April 22nd we celebrated Earth Day, an annual day set aside to honor the environmental movement of the 70s to demand action for the health of our planet. World Ocean Radio decided to postpone talking about Earth Day this year in the hope that we might remind listeners that we must celebrate, speak out and stand up for the environment every day.
May 01, 2018
Ocean news is often bad news these days. We are bombarded with stories of pollution, overfishing, of sea level rise and the dire consequences of extreme weather and CO2 emissions. This week on World Ocean Radio, however, we're focusing on some good ocean news. In this episode we share some optimistic and encouraging headlines from the March/April issue of ECO magazine: a collection of stories highlighting progressive ocean solutions in the US and around the world.
Apr 24, 2018
Waste and waste management are new and increasing challenges in recent decades. How do we dispose of toxic waste, plastic packaging, electronics, and other discards of modern society? Where does it all go? In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill outlines current efforts to recycle and repurpose trash in efforts to slow the contribution to the waste stream, and he suggests some new ideas for turning waste into profit.
Apr 17, 2018
In this episode of World Ocean Radio, part 2 of a two-part series on environmental law, host Peter Neill provides a series of examples of systems we have in place to protect nature and its resources. These protections extend from international treaties to intergovernmental agencies and NGOs working to enact and secure maritime policies, governance and legal rights; and from law centers to the United Nations working to set standards for marine protections and indigenous peoples rights, and for...
Apr 09, 2018
Laws protect us from abuse, they preserve the stasis of systems, and they maintain stability and sustainability. We live in a time when the vast majority of the world's wealth is derived from the exploitation of natural resources, and there are laws and legal responses to protect those resources from corruption. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill outlines a series of additional laws that are intended to protect Nature and its resources--water, fresh air, food, and all living...
Apr 03, 2018
A recent video showing a torrent of plastic rushing down a river in Guatemala prompted World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill to respond this week with a clarion call asking us to confront plastic pollution. In this episode he asks why, given our capacity for ingenuity, we currently lack the technology, motivation and incentive to clean up the plastic pollution problem plaguing the world ocean.