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.
Jan 18, 2021
This week on World Ocean Radio: part twenty-one of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode we introduce listeners to the concept of ocean mapping and the GEBCO Seabed 2030 project which promises to develop a high res 3d bathymetric map of the entire world ocean. And we share some new and exciting oceanographic research discoveries made by the Schmidt Ocean Institute in the waters off Australia.
Jan 11, 2021
This week on World Ocean Radio: part twenty of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode we discuss natural capital and the true cost of things both financial and social. And we argue that the price we pay must include the cost of irreplaceable raw materials, waste, the harvest and exploitation of natural resources, workforce health, and community impacts.
Jan 04, 2021
This week on World Ocean Radio: part nineteen of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode we discuss the financial tools such as subsidies, regulation and private investment that have historically been used to advance conventional change in the economy. We ask listeners to consider these same tools of finance used to sustain natural capital, releasing value for the benefit of all mankind.
Dec 28, 2020
Our annual gift to fellow ocean lovers: a reading of "At the Fishhouses" by Elizabeth Bishop, a poem from 1955 that distills Bishop's seaside meditations and evokes the clarity of meaning contained in personal encounters with the ocean. A perennial favorite of ours, with profound relevance for the New Year.
Dec 21, 2020
This week, as we lean into the holiday season of giving and gratitude, World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill asks us to consider the concept of reciprocity--a give and take with the land and sea. And he provides us with three examples of ways that we can give back to Nature as part of our obligation and contribution.
Dec 14, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part eighteen of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode we discuss the concept of blue bonds and a new Nature Conservancy program designed for small island and coastal nations to reinvest in their natural resources by refinancing national debt in a way that secures funding for a commitment to protect near-shore ocean areas such as coral reefs and mangroves.
Dec 07, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part seventeen of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode we ask a series of questions that challenge the current insurance system in the US, including a vision for a redesign built around risk prevention and for reinvestment of premiums in systems that anticipate disruption and aggregate to larger strategies that reduce costs overall.
Nov 30, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part sixteen of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode we talk about the blue and the green economy in the context of profit motive and how it can be good business to adopt climate risk disclosure and guidelines for investment assessment standards that balance risk against opportunity. We argue that if used properly, this could result in new and transformative change toward a cleaner, more sustainable future.
Nov 23, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part fifteen of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode we look at the Federal Reserve in the USA through the lens of environmental destruction, biodiversity loss and other impacts. And we ask, "Why would any central bank enable investment that is proven to be destructive to the value of Nature--our most precious asset?"
Nov 16, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part fourteen of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode we assert that it's time to close our minds to past ways, open our eyes to new ones, and imagine a new economy reshaped from the bottom up and inside out--a process that will grow and progress in outwardly expanding concentric circles to include everyone and everything within.
Nov 10, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part thirteen of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode we ask listeners to consider implementation of a new paradigm of managed growth based on the conservation and sustainability of all natural resources—particularly the ocean-fresh water continuum—if we are to experience attitude shifts and innovations that will enable progress toward a sustainable future.
Nov 03, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part twelve of the multi-part BLUEprint series. As we embark on our collective quest for a sustainable future, we argue that we must embrace science and technology as the essential tools for defining problems and imagining the multiple possibilities for solutions, innovations and alternatives that will provide us with a new way forward.
Oct 26, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part eleven of the multi-part BLUEprint series. As we launch headlong into a new phase in the series we'll begin to present ideas for a new foundation built on fresh aspirations and new premises. This week we lay out a blueprint for the future, with the intent to realize equity through a vision for solutions and for how we can move forward to transform the world we live in today.
Oct 20, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part ten of the multi-part BLUEprint series. We have entered a phase in the series where we will begin to present ideas and solutions for construction of a new foundation built on fresh aspirations and new premises. In this episode: five steps forward that will affirm equity and justice as part of a new paradigm for a sustainable future.
Oct 13, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part nine of the multi-part BLUEprint series. Myriad organizations, environmental groups and fervent individuals are advocating for the ocean by promoting the science and implications of climate change, launching initiatives, recommending policies, lobbying, advancing research based on the best science, and reaching out via podcast, blog, and social media platforms to amplify a message and agenda for reaction and change worldwide. Is anyone listening amidst all...
Oct 05, 2020
This week on World Ocean Radio: part eight of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode we propose a new framework for establishment of an ocean commons beyond the protections already in place to support the health and well-being of a larger percentage of the ocean and its finite resources. The "BLUEprint Series: How the Ocean Will Save Civilization" outlines a new and sustainable path forward, with the ocean leading the way.