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"What form might a newly valued world take?  We might not have to look far into the past to find a new model for the future. We might take note of the long-lived value systems of indigenous peoples based on close observation of Nature, preservation of biological diversity, understanding of the worth of natural process, and the integration of living successfully in the landscape with community and cultural identity."
~ From World Ocean Radio 218: Toward New Definitions of Value

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219: Water Security
219: Water Security
About this episode: The crisis of water is an indisputable one, as evidenced by a public increasingly aware of the urgency of ocean and fresh water issues. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we’ll give a stark example of a water cycle interrupted on every level and will discuss the response required to sustain life on Earth.

World Ocean Radio 218: Toward New Definitions Value
218: Toward New Definitions of Value
About this episode: We continue to look for solutions to our most pressing future challenges: fresh water, food, energy, health, and security. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we’ll discuss the possibility that we may have to abandon previously valued systems for a sustainable future. And we'll take a critical look at the sustainable, nature-based value systems of indigenous peoples, many of which were designed to support growing populations with limited resources.

World Ocean Radio 217: Global Ocean Commission
217: Global Ocean Commission
About this episode: There are many organizations, conferences and commissions dedicated to ocean policy, research and education, yet public perceptions of ocean issues have not changed much in the last ten years, nor has there been encouraging progress on ocean-related issues. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll introduce yet another ocean advocate—the Global Ocean Commission—convened by a panel of figures from around the world intent on finding solutions to the crises facing the world ocean.

World Ocean Radio 216: Underwater Observation
216: Underwater Observation
About this episode: Advances in technology bring us new, visionary underwater devices to record and transmit observational data. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we’ll discuss two such observatories: Aquarius, operated by Florida International University, and Sea Orbiter, a conceptual vehicle currently in research and development by architect Jacques Rougerie--both technological advances that may have, in the past, existed only in our imaginations.

About World Ocean Radio: Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by community radio stations worldwide. You may also subscribe to the weekly podcast on ITunes or find us on,, and OceansInc.

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Five Innovative Ocean Technologies and Policies for the 21st Century

Algae as an Energy Source
Using Algae for Heating and Cooling
Thinking ahead: German designers intend to generate heat and revenue from a building designed to rely entirely on renewable energy. This pioneering system promises to harvest fast-growing algae to create bio-fuel, produce heat, shade the building, abate street noise and make history.

Boyan Slat Ocean Cleaup Array | Plastic Pollution
Boyan Slat: Ocean Cleanup Array to Combat Plastic Pollution
Environmentalism, innovation, technology: first-year Aerospace Engineering student Boyan Slat believes current prevention measures will also require active removal of plastic pollution from our world ocean in order to succeed. Slat's current concept, Marine Litter Extraction, proposes a radical clean-up solution for which he won the Best Technical Design award 2012 at the TU Delft. Follow him on Twitter @BoyanSlat

Catalyzing Ocean Finance
Catalyzing Ocean Finance
Catalyzing Ocean Finance, a two-volume report co-authored by the Global Environment Facility, is intended to attract potential sources of funding by demonstrating how initial public investments could catalyze financial support from the public and private sectors through a measure called a “catalytic finance ratio.” A public investment to protect the oceans, at a cost of approximately $5 billion during the next 10 to 20 years, could leverage hundreds of billions of dollars in non-government investment to sustain commercial enterprises that depend on the ocean.

Post-Sandy Buyouts
Post-Sandy Buy Outs
Many New York and New Jersey residents have volunteered to sell their homes in a $400 million buy out program designed to fortify the area against future effects of climate change. It is an ambitious post-disaster plan: will such efforts and the rising expense of flood insurance quell the desire to rebuild in the coastal plain after such damaging storms?

FIU's Aquarius, underwater research laboratory
A Self-Contained Underwater Laboratory
Dubbed the world's only operational underwater research center, Florida International University's Aquarius provides scientists with intensive, multi-day research and diving opportunities at a working depth of 50-feet below sea level. Ship-to shore technology, all the comforts of home, Aquarius is a 21st century research base made to withstand ocean-depth pressure to 120-feet!
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