Chaos and the Ocean
April 5, 2021
This week on World Ocean Radio: part thirty-two of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In the next few weeks we'll introduce new approaches that have the potential to bring order to the chaos around us: ideas to simplify our strategies for living sustainably on earth, fresh approaches, new technologies, novel ideas and examples of ingenuity and invention.
Paradox and the Blue Economy
March 29, 2021
This week on World Ocean Radio we broadcast the 31st part of the ongoing BLUEprint series. In this episode we discuss the Blue Economy and the "business as usual" operations of The Ocean 100--the largest trans-national companies that account for the most profits from the ocean while also generating the most emissions, waste and other pollutants to the ocean. We describe what is known as the Blue Acceleration and argue that current economic activity is not meeting the requirements for economic growth and improved livelihoods while simultaneously preserving the health of the ocean ecosystem, and that these Ocean 100 companies could be a force for change of the Blue Economy with help from public awareness and consumer pressure.
March News from the World Ocean Observatory
In this issue: collaboration with the Ocean Health Index; this week on World Ocean Forum; new curriculum resources: Ocean Curriculum Catalog; new app for the #ocean; World Ocean Radio BLUEprint series continues; Aqua/Terra early release.
An Ocean Services Summary
March 22, 2021
This week on World Ocean Radio: part thirty of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode we ask, "What is the natural capital value of our human connection to the Ocean?" and we provide ten declarations concluding that the ocean is the essential place for us to imagine, implement and design a sustainable future for humankind.
The UN Environmental Accounting Framework:
A Breaking Wave

March 15, 2021
Batteries: The Rare Metal Quandary
and the Deep Sea

March 8, 2021
Value Trade Off
March 5, 2021
Our latest World Ocean Forum post comes to us from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and their Global Reef Expedition to assess the state of coral reefs around the world. This ambitious five-year scientific mission was designed to evaluate the status of the benthic and reef fish communities, and assess the impact of anthropogenic and natural disturbances on coral reef ecosystems. The 2015 GRE mission to the Chagos Archipelago allowed an international team of scientists to study some of the most remote and undisturbed coral reefs in the world. Toward the end of the research mission, KSLOF scientists witnessed the beginning of what would become a catastrophic mass global bleaching event, illustrating that negative human impacts reach even the most isolated and well-protected coral reefs on Earth.
Value Trade Off
March 1, 2021
This week on World Ocean Radio: part twenty-seven of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode we talk about a carbon-free future: one that requires batteries that currently rely on rare metals such as nickel, copper, cobalt and molybdenum being extracted from the sea floor in the central Pacific Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone, threatening biodiversity and the nearby Pacific small island states. Will the short-term financial profit over the long-term social and ecosystem loss be worth the trade off?
Reflections on the World Ocean
Signed copies of Peter Neill's newest book are now available. "Aqua/Terra" offers a series of brief essays and insights with personal feelings and observations about the world ocean. To order your signed early release copy ($20 includes shipping within the continental US) send an email to director@thew2o.net. "Aqua/Terra" is the fourth in a series of World Ocean Publications — provocative non-fiction titles about the ocean, published in association with Leete's Island Books. Get your early release signed copy today!
Valuing Cultural Resources
February 22, 2021
This week on World Ocean Radio: part twenty-six of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode we introduce listeners to Molly Burhans, a young activist and founder of GoodLands, who is using geographic information systems (GIS) to map the worldwide holdings of the Catholic Church as an inventory of ownership and potential investment for society, health, security and ecological justice. Burhans and her group are mapping archived Vatican holdings that have never been recorded using GIS software--a revolutionary step toward committing them to ecological planning, environmental protection, climate mitigation, sustainability of natural resources, and a potential contribution to a global renaissance.
February News from the World Ocean Observatory
In this issue: A new collaboration between Schmidt Ocean Institute and World Ocean Explorer; Aqua/Terra signed copies available; 30x30 bold new goal; How to Understand the World We Live In; World Ocean Radio BLUEprint Series; Dispatches from the W2O: A collaboration with the Island Institute.
How to Understand the Ocean
February 15, 2021
This week on World Ocean Radio: part twenty-five of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode: the importance of ocean literacy and ocean education to transform our understanding of the ocean's contributions to human health and survival. We discuss the seven principles of Ocean Literacy and some perspectives that we can use to expand those principles into a set of curricular approaches that pertain to science, climate impacts and solutions for our future.
Pictured: Visualizing Countries By Share of Earth's Surface
Credit:    Virtual Capitalist
Valuing Cultural Resources
February 8, 2021
This week on World Ocean Radio: part twenty-four of the multi-part BLUEprint series. In this episode: the myriad ways that UNESCO World Heritage Sites--on land and at sea--are an essential part of a strategy to conserve and protect the ocean’s vast contributions to our scientific knowledge. But also their importance for our cultural history, for protection, conservation, diversity, sustainability, survivability, and as treasured pieces of our cultural heritage that connect us for generations to come.
Units of Calculation
February 2, 2021
This week on World Ocean Radio: part twenty-three of the BLUEprint series. In this episode: the importance of including true accounting costs for natural resources extracted or exploited; for the downstream effects of industry and enterprise; for loss of revenue by destroyed habitats; and much more. We argue that ecosystem services can be easily estimated and added as we begin to calculate the true costs of all externals for inclusion in future analyses and development.
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