World Ocean Observatory

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World Ocean Radio provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the WORLD OCEAN OBSERVATORY, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide. Hosted by longtime host Peter Neill.

The WORLD OCEAN OBSERVATORY is dedicated to information, education and public discourse about the ocean defined as an integrated global social system. We believe that informed citizens worldwide can unite to sustain the ocean through mitigation and change of human behavior on land and sea. Our focus is the full spectrum of ocean issues: climate, fresh water, food, energy, trade, transportation, public health, finance, governance, security, recreation and culture. It is our belief that the sea connects all things.


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443 Pieces

A series of short essays on global ocean topics by Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory


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This week on World Ocean Radio we explore the lessons of the ocean and the concept of adversity: adversity at sea due to weather, unpredictability,...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2019
  • Length: 05:09
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This week on World Ocean Radio we tell a tale of two cities--Newtok, Alaska (pop. 380) and Jakarta, Indonesia (pop. 30 mil)--6,000 miles apart yet ...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2019
  • Length: 05:22
Caption: Kalhuthukala Magu Malé, Maldives
How many ways do we hear the sound of water? In this episode of World Ocean Radio we explore water, the most essential element on earth, and the wa...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2019
  • Length: 04:45
Caption: Varvakeios Municipal Fish Market, Athens, Greece, Credit: Aris Sfakianakis
Fish markets are the noisy, colorful, exiting, authentic and lively centers of any coastal city, the place where mongers and customers, tourists an...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2019
  • Length: 05:23
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In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill reflects on the coming of winter and the collection of the last of the harvest to sustain us-...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2019
  • Length: 04:41
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Caption: Earthrise, NASA image AS08-14-2383, taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission
A scientific paper published in May 2019 states that eight urgent, simultaneous actions are needed to head off potential ecological disaster in the...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2019
  • Length: 05:00
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Caption: Meguro River, Tokyo, Japan , Credit: Photo by Zhaoli Jin
This week on World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill reflects on the magic of water and the ways it defines our urban spaces. This episode focuses on To...

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  • Added: Oct 30, 2019
  • Length: 04:35
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Increasingly, people around the world are experiencing a fresh water crisis. More than 17 countries are under high water stress, and one fourth of ...

  • Added: Oct 22, 2019
  • Length: 05:25
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There has never been a better time to become a citizen scientist: curious individuals interested in collecting data to build toward solutions, expa...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2019
  • Length: 04:49
Caption: Ko Phi Phi, Thailand, Credit:  Reiseuhu on Unsplash
How do we describe the relationship between human society and nature? This week on World Ocean Radio we discuss what it means to be a stakeholder, ...

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  • Added: Oct 08, 2019
  • Length: 05:27
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