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.
Mar 30, 2015
After wrapping up the multi-part “Planning with Water” series, World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill returns to the fresh water discussion with a water crisis of his own, despite the mountains of snow surrounding his Maine home this winter.
Mar 23, 2015
In the sixth and final installment of the "Planning with Water" series, host Peter Neill follows up on last week's episode in which he described the collapse of the water system in São Paulo, Brazil, a city long thought to have an inexhaustible water supply. In this episode he offers a positive example of a city in Moravia in the Czech Republic that is planning for a water system crisis before it's too late. The "Planning with Water" series looks toward building a new value premise and societal...
Mar 16, 2015
The “Planning with Water” series continues this week with discussion of the current water crisis in Brazil. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill asks, “What does it mean when we don’t plan with water?” and uses Sao Paolo, Brazil as an example of a mega-city in the midst of a critical water crisis, how the situation has developed over time, and what they and the rest of the world will be required to do to meet the global challenge. This episode is part of an ongoing series that...
Mar 09, 2015
In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill continues discussion of the global water crisis. This week he talks about water audits conducted by the Danish Hydraulic Institute and invites listeners to consider their own water use at home, asking that we consider how what we do each day plays into the larger hydraulic reality which affects us all. This episode is part of an ongoing series that looks toward building a new value premise and societal change around water as the most...
Mar 01, 2015
In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill continues a discussion about the most important issue facing the world today: the global water crisis. This week he highlights the Nile River Basin and a multi-institutional planning initiative on that massive and complex waterway which could be adapted as a tool for managing water assets on other interstate and trans-national waterways around the world. This episode is part of an ongoing series that looks toward building a new value premise...
Feb 23, 2015
In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill discusses the most important issue facing the world today: the global water crisis. Is it possible to construct a new system on the true value of water? Can we make, and execute, a new plan? This week we'll tackle these questions and more. This episode is part of an ongoing series that looks toward building a new value premise and societal change around water as the most valuable commodity on earth, essential to our future survival.
Feb 15, 2015
In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill discusses the most important issue facing the world today: the global water crisis. This episode is the first of an ongoing series that looks toward building a new value premise and societal change around water as the most valuable commodity on earth, essential to our future survival.
Feb 08, 2015
The price of oil has dropped to $50 per barrel and the landscape is changing: alternative energy is growing in success and popularity, industries have cancelled plans to drill in the Polar seas, there is talk of increased efficiency, improved technology, new energy policy, and “clean energy” are the buzzwords of our day. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss this shift away from oil dominance and will attribute it to a number of factors, including increased public...
Jan 30, 2015
The Japanese word "Mottainai" refers to the essence of things, and suggests that objects do not exist in isolation, rather that they are intrinsically linked to one another. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss this and other Japanese words and phrases which can be used to help us describe a new strategy for our relationship to the ocean, one which respects and sustains the values of Mother Nature so that we may rely on her natural resources for our future, and for...
Jan 05, 2015
Waste and the management of it are new challenges of these recent decades. How do we dispose of toxic waste, plastic packaging, electronics, and other discards of our 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 contribution to the waste stream, and he suggests some new ideas for turning waste into profit.
Dec 29, 2014
As the world population has grown, the demand for food has increased, technologies for more efficient harvest have evolved, and our natural systems have been exploited at ever-increasing scale. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will present a recent suggestion by Dr. Daniel Pauly of the Sea Around Us Project which outlines a simple management plan that would solve the problem through an economic adjustment of scale.
Dec 15, 2014
Toxic chemicals released into watersheds and waterways remain a persistent problem despite the sounding of alarms, which for decades have railed against the uncontrolled use of fertilizers and pesticides. Today, the issue is as pervasive and as threatening as ever. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill shares research on international protections and management approaches and argues that despite best intentions, precautions against use and dispersal are limited, confused, mired...
Dec 08, 2014
At a recent conference and planning workshop sponsored by the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, participants took part in a climate risk management exercise to define possible climate change scenarios. They were given lists of risks, impacts, and vulnerabilities as tools to imagine viable responses. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill describes the exercise and explains the scenarios and how they might be transformed and implemented as plans for action. And...
Dec 01, 2014
Externality refers to a disconnected or unconsidered consequence. Hydrofracking, mountaintop removal, filled wetlands, carbon emissions, and plastic pollution are all examples of intrusion into natural systems where the full cost is not valued. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss the real, various, and dangerous externalities of climate change and will assert that to deny them is simplistic and defeatist.
Nov 24, 2014
An article published by The Guardian in October provides a stark exposé of one of the largest Chinese suppliers of premium tuna to the Japanese market. The findings were alarming: a company circumventing international conservation limits by simply ignoring them; a government unwilling to crack down on illegal fishing because it does not fit past patterns of behavior; an industry that does nothing to honor catch limits set by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations. The list of revelations...
Nov 17, 2014
Who has a right to life? Only one species? Do humans have the right to exterminate any species they wish? In an effort to combat climate change and the exploitation of the planet’s resources, Bolivia is becoming the first country on Earth to give comprehensive legal rights to Mother Nature. In 2010 the National Congress of Bolivia voted to support an act to protect the well-being of its citizens by protecting the natural world, its resources, sustainability, and value as essential to the...