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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637 Pieces

5-minute audio essays on global ocean topics by Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory


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The sun is the greatest energy source available for our needs, thought we view it more today as an enemy than a resource and friend. If we are to a...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2024
  • Length: 05:07
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"We are not blind to the overall problem, and if we were in doubt, recent climate-explained events, near and far, should open our eyes more widely....

  • Added: Mar 04, 2024
  • Length: 05:13
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In this episode and the next, World Ocean Radio reports on the status quo, business-as-usual, tunnel vision conclusions at COP28 in Dubai, hosted b...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2024
  • Length: 04:51
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A November visit to Gloucester Massachusetts for an Ocean Literary Conference (NEOSEC 2023) afforded W2O staff an opportunity to take a field trip ...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2024
  • Length: 05:20
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Devastating weather and water events abound worldwide. Rain, flooding, strong winds, extreme high tides, coastal erosion and inundation have caused...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2024
  • Length: 05:25
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This week we are celebrating our 700th episode of World Ocean Radio--5-minute reflections featured as podcast and interstitial radio syndicate for ...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2024
  • Length: 04:45
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At each year's end, World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill reads "At The Fishhouses" by Elizabeth Bishop. This poem, a perennial favorite, was chosen n...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2023
  • Length: 04:40
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This holiday season on World Ocean Radio we return with a special reading of "Christmas at Sea", an evocative poem by Robert Louis Stevenson writte...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2023
  • Length: 04:03
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In part three of this 3-part series, we continue to explore the recent publication related to marine biomimetics and the deep sea, identifying the ...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2023
  • Length: 05:14
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In these three episodes of World Ocean Radio we are exploring a recent publication entitled “A Forgotten Element in the Blue Economy: Marine Biomim...

  • Added: Dec 08, 2023
  • Length: 05:07