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"There are slowly emerging examples of soft edge response, exacerbated now by the undeniable rise in sea level in many places, the consequent frequent flooding, and the unmitigated and very expensive consequence of ever-increasing incident of more powerful storms like Superstorm Sandy in the United States. How can we turn these new circumstances to advantage?"

~ From World Ocean Radio 215: Soft Edges

World Ocean Radio in March

215: Soft Edges
215: Soft Edges
About this episode: In a continuation of broadcast 214: Hard Edges, we'll argue that the hard edge has failed us, evidenced by storms that overwhelm barriers and destroy coastal structures. In this episode we'll give examples of some of the slowly emerging examples of soft edge engineering and will ask, "How can we turn the new circumstances brought on by sea level rise to our advantage?"

World Ocean Radio 214: Hard Edges
214: Hard Edges
About this episode: Our traditional approach to protection from sea and surge has been the hard edge, with the mission to shield us from the encroachment of water. In this episode we'll discuss the history of the industrial management of ports, wetlands and watersheds and will share some modern examples of "hard edge" engineering and the challenges for existing structures in the face of projected sea level rise, extreme weather and coastal flooding.

World Ocean Radio 213: Kauai Thoughts
213: Kauai Thoughts
About this episode: On a recent visit to Kauai, the oldest of the Hawaiian islands, host Peter Neill had chance encounters with breaching whales offshore and a monk seal on the beach. The experiences prompted this reflection of what it means to be connected to real, meaningful, living things in our natural world.

World Ocean Radio 212: Catalyzing Ocean Finance II
212: Catalyzing Ocean Finance II
About this episode: In this episode we'll continue a discussion of the Global Environment Facility/ United Nations Development Program report "Catalyzing Ocean Finance" and provide two examples of well-executed sustainability measures: the Black Sea Drainage Basin and the Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem.

World Ocean Radio 211: Catalyzing Ocean Finance
211: Catalyzing Ocean Finance
About this episode: Recently, the Global Environmental Facility and the United Nations Development Program combined their talents and experience to address ocean solutions on the scale required to make a difference. In this episode we'll begin to outline the findings of their work, which have been published in a two-volume journal entitled "Catalyzing Ocean Finance".

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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