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.
Feb 28, 2017
This week we continue the Earth Optimism Series, a 24-episode project in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Ocean Portal, to celebrate ocean solutions and innovative projects in the context of the Earth Optimism Summit, April 2017. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we argue for the ocean as contributor to the resilience, enhancement, biodiversity, and health of the planet. And we assert that the green economy does not succeed without the blue economy, and when we begin to see the...
Feb 20, 2017
Waste and the management of it are new 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 talks about current efforts to recycle and re-purpose trash in efforts to slow the contribution to the waste stream, and he suggests some new ideas for turning waste into profit.
Feb 14, 2017
In this week's episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill reads "The Fish," a poem by Marianne Moore from a collection entitled "American Sea Writing: A Literary Anthology“ which contains unique writings of American voices and experiences related to ocean passage and coastal observation.
Feb 06, 2017
On February 13th and 14th Peter Neill, director of the World Ocean Observatory, will be in New York City to moderate a United Nations Inter-Parliamentary hearing entitled “A WORLD OF BLUE: Preserving the Ocean, Safeguarding the Planet, and Ensuring Human Well-Being in the Context of the 2030 Agenda.” In this episode of World Ocean Radio Peter describes the work of the UN as a forum for communication and resolution of issues confronting all nations. And he will outline the 2-day hearing at the...
Jan 30, 2017
In this episode we discuss two ideas--floating farms and saltwater agriculture--using ocean and renewable resources toward the goal of sustainable food production worldwide. This week's episode is a continuation of the Earth Optimism Series, a 24-episode project in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Ocean Portal, to celebrate ocean solutions and innovative projects in the context of the Earth Optimism Summit, April 2017.
Jan 24, 2017
This week we continue the Earth Optimism Series, a 24-episode project in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Ocean Portal, to celebrate ocean solutions and innovative projects in the context of the Earth Optimism Summit, April 2017. In this episode, we discuss two examples of innovative practices and their relationships to each another: 1. ocean research and data collection and the connection to geothermal energy generation, and 2. offshore wind energy and its relationship to...
Jan 17, 2017
Mario Soares, former PM and President of Portugal, statesman, exile, political prisoner, "father of democracy", passed away last week at the age of 92. In this episode, host Peter Neill pays tribute by discussing his many political and environmental achievements as contributions to the 20th century, most notably the creation of the Independent Ocean Commission's report “The Ocean, Our Future” and the Global Water Contract, both important policy documents with requirements and recommendations to...
Jan 10, 2017
In this episode of World Ocean Radio we discuss politics in a changing landscape, and the ways in which global agencies advocate for, protect, and improve upon existing agreements in an age when environmental and ocean protections are under threat.
Jan 03, 2017
In this New Year’s episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill details a number of sacred places around the globe--on islands, along the shore, on the banks of rivers, lakes and streams--and the allies that these spaces have found in protective movements, enforcement, and international action. He outlines the relationship of biodiverse regions around the world to their sacred and scientific importance, and how conservation justifies protection while simultaneously meeting the goals of...
Dec 27, 2016
At each year's end, World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill reads "At The Fishhouses" by Elizabeth Bishop. This perennial favorite poem was 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 world ocean. Best wishes for the New Year from the World Ocean Observatory.
Dec 20, 2016
This week we continue the Earth Optimism Series, a 24-episode project in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Ocean Portal, to address ocean solutions and innovative projects in the context of the Earth Optimism Summit, April 2017. In this episode, we discuss publications, reports, and projects which are integral to the evolution of ocean policy and science, including the newest project called the Atlas of Ocean Wealth, published in 2016 by the Nature Conservancy.
Dec 12, 2016
This week we continue the Earth Optimism Series, a 24-episode project in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Ocean Portal, to address ocean solutions and innovative projects in the context of the Earth Optimism Summit, April 2017. In this episode, host Peter Neill discusses the need for more funding and energy directed toward the vast unknown ocean, and the importance of scientific endeavor and observation. He introduces us to the General Bathymetric Chart for the Oceans (GEBCO), a...
Dec 06, 2016
This week we continue the Earth Optimism Series, a 24-episode project in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Ocean Portal, to address ocean solutions and innovative projects in the context of the Earth Optimism Summit, April 2017. In this episode, host Peter Neill talks about the revival of a once plummeting population of a spawning fish species on a river in Maine, made possible in part by conservationist action. He argues that victories for change and renewal are achievable when we...
Nov 28, 2016
We continue the Earth Optimism Series this week, a 24-episode project in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Ocean Portal, to address ocean solutions and innovative projects in the context of the Earth Optimism Summit, April 2017. In this episode, host Peter Neill sites from a recent article by William McDonough published at Nature.com entitled, “Carbon Is Not the Enemy”, which argues for a new vision for how we view the carbon cycle and for ways to redefine its value and mitigate...
Nov 21, 2016
This week we continue the Earth Optimism Series, a 24-episode project in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Ocean Portal, to address ocean solutions and innovative projects in the context of the Earth Optimism Summit, April 2017. In this episode, host Peter Neill praises the work of the Center for Biological Diversity in Oregon, a group of individuals dedicated to using the legal system to advocate for species on the verge of extinction.
Nov 15, 2016
President-elect Trump, a committed opponent to climate change mitigation, will likely appoint fellow deniers to key cabinet positions overseeing air, water, and other natural resources. With the U.S. presidential election now behind us, many scientists and environmentalists are asking, “What now?” In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill encourages citizens to join voices and forces to recommit to ground-up strategies, and provides ways in which we can choose our causes, amplify...