World Ocean Radio

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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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410 Pieces

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


Caption: Phytoplankton (and algae) form the lowest trophic level, the base of the aquatic food web, Credit: NOAA |
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 ...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2019
  • Length: 05:27
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Invention and management of energy systems have led to increased efficiency and less reliance on unsustainable supplies of fossil fuels. In this ep...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2019
  • Length: 05:02
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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...

  • Added: Mar 26, 2019
  • Length: 04:52
Caption: 500 Episodes, Credit: World Ocean Radio
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,...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2019
  • Length: 05:17
Caption: Yale Climate Connections 2018 Report, Credit: Yale Climate Connections
A recent report from the Yale Program on Climate Change, measuring public awareness and political views on issues related to climate, shows that op...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2019
  • Length: 05:19
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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 th...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2019
  • Length: 04:30
Caption: Ernest Shakelton British Antarctic Expedition, 1907–09, Credit: Public Domain Review
Antarctica, terra nullius--nobody's land, has long been a place apart, once explored only by intrepid and resourceful individuals willing to risk f...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2019
  • Length: 05:16
Caption: Mazu is a Chinese sea goddess, a tutelary deity of seafarers including fishermen and sailors. Worship of Mazu has spread throughout coastal Chinese regions and throughout Southeast Asia, Credit: Wikimedia Commons
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 wit...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2019
  • Length: 05:03
Caption: Cape of Good Hope. Cape Town, South Africa, Credit: Photo by Victor Smits on Unsplash
We continue our thematic overview of the ocean edge this week with a conversation centered around coastal and offshore zones and the politics that ...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2019
  • Length: 05:26
Caption: Strait of Gibraltar from space, Credit: Wikipedia Commons
In this episode of World Ocean Radio we discuss the natural security provided by the ocean edge: the barrier effect of mangroves, beaches, cliffs, ...

  • Added: Feb 04, 2019
  • Length: 04:40