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"What astonishes me about this is that we have done it all before. It is not new news. We have polluted the earth; we have polluted the air; and now, we are repeating exactly the same rationale to justify this initiative and polluting our water, fresh and salt. It makes no sense."
~ Peter Neill from WOR 190: Fracking the Ocean

World Ocean Radio for September 16-30:

191: Industrial Fishing
About this episode: Historically, fishing has been artisanal and regional, mostly individuals fishing from shore or small craft for regional consumption. Yet fishing, like agriculture, has been industrialized: larger vessels and incentivized expansion creating an increased capacity in contradiction to decreased supply. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss the surprisingly small number of corporate conglomerates that control the fishing industry.

Fracking World Ocean Observatory Weekly Radio190: Fracking the Ocean
About this episode: Fracking, a process to extract natural gas from reserves in shale deposits, is in use in over thirty states in the U.S. and is being investigated for use in Africa and elsewhere. It has been utilized for almost ten years in some areas and the outcomes have fueled a heated debate about its practice. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will explain what fracking has to do with the ocean: from toxic emissions which increase ocean acidification, to the water cycle--both in the use of vast amounts of fresh water and in the toxicity to the water table.

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The W2O Team

About World Ocean Radio: Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory (W2O) 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, a project of the W2O, 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

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