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 13, 2019
This week on World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill gets us thinking about seawater: as a resource for fresh drinking water, as a means for robust renewable energy, and perhaps so much more; and he discusses the potential for inventive ideas using ocean systems that have yet to be imagined or explored.
May 06, 2019
Bridges are physical structures born from the ingenuity and hard work of humankind, engineered to connect things from one side to another. Bridges are also symbols and metaphors. This week on World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill muses about the bridge between despair and hope, between resistance and reinvention, between past and future. In this episode he encourages us to have the courage and determination to cross over to the other side where a sustainable future awaits.
Apr 29, 2019
The Green New Deal has received much attention in the United States recently as one possible response to the challenging circumstances we face worldwide. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we outline a recent paper published by The Ocean Foundation that addresses the question, "How does the Green New Deal integrate with the best desired practices and changes for the ocean?" Their report outlines three ocean areas that must be considered as part of a vision and strategy for developing a more...
Apr 22, 2019
Solar energy has emerged worldwide as a serious and viable alternative to fossil fuels, and can now be found in many places around the world. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we argue that solar power must be recognized as the most powerful energy technology available to us today.
Apr 15, 2019
There has never been a better time to be a citizen scientist--those individuals interested in the collection of data toward solutions, the expansion of public awareness, to satisfy curiosity, and to help development concrete actions for the protection of the ocean. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we provide a number of examples of ocean science initiatives for the curious at heart, whether your interest is penguins, birds, clouds, phytoplankton or any other feature of the ocean world.
Apr 09, 2019
Food webs describe who eats whom in an ecological community. In the aquatic food web, humans feed down the food chain, consuming lesser and lesser ocean predators and marine species without a consciousness of the consequences of our actions at the microscopic level. How do we persuade listeners to adopt a different perspective? How do we articulate an optimistic and realistic way of looking at who we are in relation to all the elements of the natural world? In this episode of World Ocean Radio...
Apr 02, 2019
Invention and management of energy systems have led to increased efficiency and less reliance on unsustainable supplies of fossil fuels. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we discuss Statkraft, a Norwegian energy conglomerate that has begun to implement digital market platforms and smarter grid technology to help build more dynamic, efficient and sustainable energy systems worldwide.
Mar 26, 2019
World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill recently returned home from a trip to Antarctica aboard MS Island Sky with scientists from Woods Hole and a film crew from BBC-ONE, sharing insights and knowledge with other citizen scientists aboard. In this episode he offers reflections on his experiences in the last wilderness.
Mar 19, 2019
This week marks the 500th episode of World Ocean Radio! For more than 10 years, World Ocean Radio has been engaging in dialogue about ocean issues, suggesting solutions to today's problems, and championing for the change required to conserve and sustain all natural resources for the benefit of all mankind. Originally broadcast through WERU-FM in Blue Hill, Maine, World Ocean Radio is now heard via college and community radio stations, podcast and Internet radio on five continents around the...
Mar 11, 2019
A recent report from the Yale Program on Climate Change, measuring public awareness and political views on issues related to climate, shows that opinions are changing. Survey results show that in the last year alone there has been a significant upward shift by registered voters in terms of understanding and concern of human-caused climate change. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we break down the report and the proposed national policies impacting public opinion.
Mar 05, 2019
The word 'indigenous' is used a lot these days, especially in terms of territorial rights to land and of invasive species of flora and fauna. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we discuss the origins of nature, especially in terms of the interaction between humans and the natural world, the rights of nature, and the world's most invasive species and biggest threat to biodiversity: homo sapiens.
Feb 26, 2019
Antarctica, terra nullius--nobody's land, has long been a place apart, once explored only by intrepid and resourceful individuals willing to risk failure and death. Peter Neill, host of World Ocean Radio, will be in Antarctica next week aboard MS Island Sky with scientists from Woods Hole and a film crew from BBC-ONE, sharing insights and knowledge with other citizen scientists aboard, all wanting to experience and document the world's last wilderness. This upcoming trip has him thinking about...
Feb 18, 2019
We wrap up our seven-part thematic overview of the ocean edge this week by discussing the cultural edge: the place alongshore where we interact with nature, with our spiritual selves, and with each other. We assert that the ocean is the ecosystem that connects us all, bringing us together as one population of humanity and civilization, capable of discovering solutions that will benefit all living things. The Cultural Edge is part 7 of a 7-part series dedicated to the ocean edge, exploring what...
Feb 11, 2019
We continue our thematic overview of the ocean edge this week with a conversation centered around coastal and offshore zones and the politics that define them. The Political Edge is part 6 of a 7-part series dedicated to the ocean edge, exploring what takes place there, from the real to the symbolic.
Feb 04, 2019
In this episode of World Ocean Radio we discuss the natural security provided by the ocean edge: the barrier effect of mangroves, beaches, cliffs, bluffs, atolls and more, and the ways that these places became and remain military and defense installations for protection of national interests. The Security Edge is part 5 of a 7-part series dedicated to the ocean edge, exploring what takes place there, from the real to the symbolic.
Jan 28, 2019
We have long enjoyed the ocean edge for leisurely ends: as a place to gather with family and friends to enjoy surf and sand, and to relax in the freedom and solace that being near the ocean provides. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we argue that we must reclaim the spaces near the ocean edge for recreation, for coastal protection and for authentic connection to the sea. The Leisure Edge is part 4 of a 7-part series dedicated to the ocean edge, exploring what takes place there, from the...