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.
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.
Mar 26, 2018
Aquaculture has long been a controversial industry fraught with conflict: waste and feed pollution, use of antibiotics, escape of genetically modified species, and more. But as seafood demand continues to grow unabated and overfishing practices continue, the farm-grown fish industry will continue to function as a response to that demand. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill outlines a number of steps and improved technologies that have been employed to change the aquaculture...
Mar 19, 2018
World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill recently returned from the Economist World Ocean Summit in Cancún, Mexico where he gathered with 400 ocean leaders and decision makers to discuss ocean policy, strategies, research, exploration and innovation. In this 461st episode of World Ocean Radio he shares what was discussed at the summit but also what was left out: namely the global fresh water cycle and the ocean as a financial, political, social, and cultural system. And he shares a surprising...
Mar 12, 2018
The pursuit for oil continues, even as many alternatives emerge and investments are displaced. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill discusses the various governments around the world doubling down on their search for and extraction of oil, even as the world appears ready to move beyond the investment toward cleaner technologies.
Mar 05, 2018
Early in 2018, BlackRock asset management chair Larry Fink issued a statement declaring growing public demand for companies to serve a social purpose. He asserted that, increasingly, both public and private companies must be able to explain their social and environmental impacts and be able to demonstrate leadership to drive prosperity and security--not just for their own investment returns--but for all. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill hails this paradigm shift suggested...
Feb 26, 2018
Ocean technologies and exploration are expanding at a remarkable pace, giving scientists and casual observers more data by which to learn more about ocean systems, fish migrations, fisheries management, physics, biochemistry, weather, climate, ecosystems, and much more. In this week's episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill examines sail drones, an emerging technology that offers ocean data collection that is flexible, cost effective, easily recoverable, easy to maintain, and re-...
Feb 20, 2018
We live in an age of constant chatter, yet we are failing globally to communicate meaningfully on issues related to Arctic governance and its natural resources. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill discusses the many interests in Arctic oil, gas, uranium, fisheries, tourism, trade, and transportation in a changing Arctic, and questions why a constructive dialogue between native peoples and corporate interests has yet to be formulated.
Feb 05, 2018
A recent east coast storm unearthed the remains of America's last slave ship in Alabama: the Clotilda. These remains, and the artifacts from another slave ship, the São José-Paquete de Africa, are important symbols of the cultural relationship and interconnected history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill speaks about maritime culture, the last slave ships, the atrocities of the slave trade, and the ways in which our cultural identity in the...
Jan 29, 2018
What if we were to accept water--in all its forms and functions--as the system around which we organize and calculate value as a contribution to profit and loss? What if we did the same thing with fossil fuels, more accurately presenting the true cost of expenditure and consequences? In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill argues that we need a new way to value water, and that if we accept water as both a basic human right and the new capital, it can become an investment of...
Jan 22, 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, host Peter Neill will encourage listeners to gather in the nation's capital, to find a march in a city nearby, to organize, and to volunteer. He will 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.
Jan 15, 2018
This week on World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill introduces podcast listeners to WORLD OCEAN EXPLORER: an ambitious new project to create a free virtual aquarium and ocean exploration experience centered around STEM-based ocean literacy for students ages 10 and up. And he invites all listeners to share in the construction of this project by investing in its future today.
Jan 09, 2018
What is the framework by which to outline our values, structures, and behaviors regarding the ocean, fresh water, and all the benefits of nature required for human survival? In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill examines this question and provides us with an overview of the Design Lens of Biomimicry 3.8, an organization dedicated to learning from the natural world in order to respond to our present day situation. He'll share the nine principles of the biomimicry architecture...
Jan 02, 2018
This week on World Ocean Radio we celebrate marine protected areas and discuss their importance to biodiversity, ecosystem resilience, and the mitigation of climate change and other destructive forces at work on the planet.
Dec 26, 2017
At the end of each year, World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill reads the poem "At The Fishhouses" by Elizabeth Bishop. This perennial favorite is chosen not only for its relevance for the New Year, but also because it distills years of Bishop's seaside meditations and evokes the clarity of meaning contained in personal encounters with the ocean. Best wishes, now and for the New Year, from the World Ocean Observatory.
Dec 19, 2017
The first Arctic highway was the sea: a moving, shifting system that allowed its inhabitants to be sustained for generations. Since 1974, two more roads have been carved from the Arctic landscape: the first to connect oil fields in the north to consumers in the south; and the second, opened this year, to connect Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk. This second project, more of a local endeavor, links the land's indigenous peoples to economic opportunity and affordable goods and resources. This week we talk...
Dec 12, 2017
This week on World Ocean Radio we talk about springs, those fresh water seeps that serve as an integral part of the earth's water system. We introduce listeners to a new app, Hide and Seep, developed by the Spring Stewardship Institute in collaboration with the US National Parks Service Bureau of Land Management and ESRI. Hide and Seep is a mapping software tool that allows citizen scientists to locate water sources and add them to a vast database of fresh water springs.