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Ocean Exemplars
W2O | Ocean Exemplars
Ocean Exemplars are individuals, programs, curricula, schools, and organizations providing inspiring contributions to ocean knowledge and advocacy. Each exemplar, a special Citizen of the Ocean, is chosen for what could be considered "best practices" in ocean education, from the classroom to the reef. Have an Ocean Exemplar you'd like to nominate? Contact us!

An Exemplar to Watch
Ocean Exemplar | Paul Mayewski, Climate Change Institute
Paul Andrew Mayewski, Professor & Director of The Climate Change Institute, is passionate about climate change and changes in the chemistry of the atmosphere. An intrepid explorer, he has led expeditions to collect scientific core samples from Antarctica, the Arctic, the Andes, New Zealand, the Himalayas, and the Tibetan Plateau. Paul is Professor and Director of the Climate Change Institute in Orono, Maine and has written extensively on atmospheric chemistry, ice loss, abrupt climate change events, human impacts on climate, and recently co-authored “Journey Into Climate – Adventure, Exploration and the Unmasking of Human Innocence” (2011, with M.C. Morrison.) He is a leader in his field; his scientific achievements are too numerous to mention, and his passion for developing understanding of the multiple controls placed on climate is both infectious and inspiring.

The Water Footprint Network
Blue Vision Summit
Securing Fresh Water for Everyone
Imagine a life without clean, fresh water. This is a future reality for many unless we rethink how we use every drop of water each day. The Water Footprint Network was founded in 2008 to solve the world water crises by advancing fair and smart water use. Their global team is driving innovation and inspiring the changes we must all make to share water equitably amongst all people so that we may create and sustain thriving communities while maintaining Nature’s diversity.
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World Ocean Observatory Blogs on
Medium is an up-and-coming blog publishing platform founded by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone in August 2012. Each week we post something new and interesting from our World Ocean Forum archive. Choose categories of interest in your profile (say, climate, oceans, sustainability) and receive updates every now and again of their most read and suggested posts. Follow along today:
Writers for the Sea
Writers for the Sea
Writers For the Sea is a new endeavor by the non-profit Ocean Awareness Project (DBA Blue Frontier). Its purpose: to support and promote ocean writers and their books. This Facebook group (open to the public) provides opportunities for authors who’ve written at least one book about our seas to interact and share their experiences with their readership, the social sphere, and with the publishing industry. Their goals: to organize and participate in panel discussions, events and anthologies that help expand the readership and audience for books related to the marine environment; to promote environmental understanding of the ocean; to promote books which educate and activate the public; to celebrate past writers for the Sea; and to mentor new and emerging ocean writers, including youth and students. Join the conversation today.

Pictured: Sy Montgomery’s “The Soul of An Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness”

World Ocean Radio: Are You Listening?
World Ocean Radio
World Ocean Radio is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays on a wide range of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects, brought to you by long-time host Peter Neill. World Ocean Radio is a project of the World Ocean Observatory in association with 89.9 WERU-FM, Blue Hill, Maine. Find our podcast on iTunes, and at World Ocean Radio is available for RSS feed, podcast, and syndicated use at no cost by community radio stations worldwide. A selection of episodes is also available in French, Spanish, Swahili, Portuguese, and Mandarin. Interested in becoming a broadcast affiliate? Inquire today.

World Ocean Radio:
A Monthly Summary

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“The traditional water supply system in California has been overwhelmed by climate, industrial agriculture, and water-rich consumption that has been the envy of the world but can survive no longer without revolutionary change. If there is not enough water on the mountaintops to feed the watersheds, rivers, and reservoirs, then where will the requisite water come from?"
~ From World Ocean Radio: Desalination

World Ocean Radio: 350th Episode
Ocean Radiation
The West Coast of the United States seems under siege, both on land and offshore. Many inter-related consequences can be used to explain the terrestrial problems plaguing the Pacific states, but what of the issues facing the ocean? The effect of leaking radiation has long raised concerns as a cause for many inexplicable natural events. Since 2004 Ken Buesseler and his crew of volunteers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and others have been gathering water samples from Alaska to Hawaii to measure radioactivity in ocean water. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we discuss the preliminary conclusions of this research and that of other oceanographers and marine chemists along the western shores.
World Ocean Radio: Outlaw Ocean
The Outlaw Ocean
About this episode: A recent series of investigative stories entitled "The Outlaw Ocean" by Ian Urbina of the New York Times exposes the dark side of the deep sea, describing real abuses, crime and violence in international waters. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we summarize the four-part “Outlaw Ocean” series, praising Urbina’s work to educate the public by exposing the labor, human rights, and environmental abuses occurring out of sight, on the high seas. 
World Ocean Radio: Desalination
About this episode: A San Diego County Water Authority project to construct a 6-acre desalination plant, the largest of its kind in the United States, comes at a time when the traditional water supply system in California is overwhelmed by changing climate, high agricultural demand, and high consumption by an increased population. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we describe the process of desalination, break down the numbers, and discuss the objections to and development of this increasingly necessary technology which has the potential to produce billions of gallons of potable water per day.

World Ocean Radio: Sand Wars
Sand Wars
About this episode: After water, the largest volume of natural material used to support global growth is sand. Demand has grown exponentially in the last two decades as Arab and Asian nations grapple with ways to expand land mass, economic zone, and geo-political standing. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we describe the impacts of sand extraction on the environment and outline the true measure of its cost and the prospects for international protection and oversight.

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