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A Summary of World Ocean Radio

"We are not living in reality; if so, we would not enable delusion. We are not being practical; if so, we would assure that our needs would be sustained for generations. We are not being smart; if so, we would apply our intelligence to long-term means over short-term ends. We are not even thinking about ourselves and the ones we love; if so, we would know that our own future is at risk if we do not change our behavior."
~ From World Ocean Radio's 250th Episode: The Sea Connects All Things

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World Ocean Radio in November

205th Episode of World Ocean Radio
250th Edition of World Ocean Radio
About this episode: This week's broadcast is the 250th edition of World Ocean Radio. We wish to thank all our listeners, broadcasters and partners in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa, New Zealand, and Hong Kong, China, and additionally through internet streaming, podcast subscriptions and RSS feeds, for the attention and support. We will continue this effort and will be expanding our global reach with translations into French, Spanish, and Portuguese in 2014. As with most major milestones here at World Ocean Radio, this week we offer a re-broadcast of the inaugural edition, The Sea Connects All Things, which originally aired in March of 2010.

World Ocean Radio 249: Ocean Acidification
249: Ocean Acidification
About this episode: The most serious, debilitating circumstance affecting the ocean today may be acidification, the changing pH in the water column that is having devastating impacts on the marine food chain, species migration and reproduction. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we will report on a recently released publication entitled 20 Facts About Ocean Acidification. For more information and ocean acidification resources, visit Ocean Climate today.

World Ocean Radio 248: The Oranjemund Shipwreck
248: The Oranjemund Shipwreck
About this episode: Ownership of cultural discoveries such as shipwrecks has long been debated by governments, historical institutions, private business and salvers and usually garner widespread international media coverage. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we will tell the story of a 2008 discovery of treasure from the Oranjemund Shipwreck on Namibia's diamond mining coast—a vast collection of gold, silver, and cultural riches—and will argue that discoveries such as these belong not to treasure hunters but to the people of nations where they are found. 

World Ocean Radio 247: Circle of Blue
247: Circle of Blue
About this episode: The fresh water cycle is ever-changing and in increasing demand due to growing populations, changing weather patterns, industrialization and the pursuit of cheap energy. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we will hail the work of Circle of Blue and will give examples of massive amounts of water transported for support of industrial and energy initiatives in the United States and abroad.

World Ocean Radio 246: Network Societies
246: Network Societies
About this episode: World Ocean Radio often touches upon "values," principles which guide our social, political, financial and communal interests. Value shifts such as the movement toward sustainability and value clashes such as the case of thirty activists currently jailed in Russia call to question whether we as a global society can build new forums for discussion and resolution. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we will explain the impact of social media which serves to unify like-minded individuals and societies, galvanizing forces for change.

Read more about World Ocean Observatory's own values initiative, CITIZENS OF THE OCEAN, and take the pledge today.

World Ocean Radio
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 at

About the image used for Network Societies:
Thanks to the immediacy of social media, this image quickly become an iconic symbol representative of the imprisonment of thirty Greenpeace activists, crew of the Arctic Sunrise, arrested in September 2013 for peaceful protest of Arctic drilling at Gazprom's drilling platform Prirazlomnaya. Read more. Get involved.

Support World Ocean Observatory with a Carbon Offset Contribution
Donate to World Ocean Observatory
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World Ocean Observatory's Feature of the Week: The Ocean Health Index
How Does Your Country's Score Compare?
The Ocean Health Index weekly feature on our home page highlights, by country, the goals and components of the Ocean Health Index which measures and scores ocean health from 0-100. Each week we pick a country at random and pair it with a goal (food provision, clean water, tourism, biodiversity, etc) in order to share how that country scores on a global scale. This week we've chosen the Netherlands and the goal of Coastal Livelihoods & Economies. How does your country compare? 
Photo credit: Mangrove Action Project | Marine Photobank

World Ocean Observatory: An Ever-Expanding Global Community
At World Ocean Observatory our strategy is simple: reach a global audience through multiple communications tools and educational services, building international awareness and political will for the future. We share an abiding interest in the sea – what it is, how it works, and how it connects us all. And it's working!  More people are listening, are concerned, are participating, want to change habits and behaviors, are calling for policy change in Washington and abroad, are advocating for imprisoned advocates and ocean health issues, and are reaching out to get informed and to learn what they can do for the world ocean. Our network continues to grow by the tens of thousands, by leaps and bounds. THANK YOU to our listeners, broadcasters, partners, advisers, supporters, and community of friends, for contributing to our continued success. With our network of partners, with your help, we are making a difference.

Like World Ocean Observatory on Facebook
Are you currently following the World Ocean Observatory on Facebook? If not, here's what you're missing: weekly updates from World Ocean Radio, links to interact with the Ocean Health Index through our feature of the week, news of posts to our YouTube channel, shared stories from our friends, partners, and those with similar missions and concerns. We re-post beautiful and inspiring photographs, stories, and news. But it's about so much more: social media impacts us in continually new and revolutionary ways: how we interact, share and learn as a society. It serves as a common space for like-minded people to galvanize around an issue, a protest, and an alternative. Together, in a network of voices and opinions and shared information, we are making a difference. We invite you to join a community of 37,839 strong. LIKE World Ocean Observatory on Facebook today!
World Ocean Observatory | The Sea Connects All Things
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More than 1,250,000 individuals access our website each year in search of climate news, to browse a vast collection of ocean resources for projects and research, to find answers and become more informed in response to the unsettling ocean news stories making headlines. Others visit to find ways in which they can do their part to improve the health of the world ocean or the quality of the water in their communities. Site visitors learn there are small yet meaningful ways to make big differences. Our audience is comprised of students, teachers, policy makers, scientists, concerned citizens and other advocates for the ocean. We hope you will join us, and visit today.
World Ocean Radio | Weekly Podcast from World Ocean Observatory
World Ocean Radio
In late November we broadcast our 250th episode of World Ocean Radio! Each week we are honored to offer a commentary on a wide range of ocean topics relevant to the here and now. We are looking ahead, expanding our global reach with translations into French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Stay tuned for WORLD OCEAN RADIO GLOBAL, coming in 2014! 

World Ocean Observatory | Citizens of the Ocean
Citizens of the Ocean
Many ocean champions have signed on to the Citizens of the Ocean campaign this year and have pledged to work for the sustainable ocean through a short list of personal commitments. Want to do your small part for the health of the world ocean? Sign the Citizens of the Ocean pledge today.
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