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U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council
One Arctic: Shared Opportunities, Challenges, and Responsibilities

World Ocean Observatory and the Arctic Future #arcticfutur
The United States assumed the two-year rotating Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015 and has developed an ambitious program for its Arctic Council term that focuses on three key areas: improving economic and living conditions; Arctic Ocean safety, security and stewardship; and addressing the impacts of climate change.The One Arctic Plan is now available, outlining specific themes and objectives for the future of the Arctic. 
Arctic Council

World Ocean Forum: Climate
World Ocean Exhibits
Launched in 2015, World Ocean Forum is an active forum of opinion, ideas, and proposals for change in ocean policy and action worldwide. It addresses fresh ideas and new solutions, provides serious, provocative, and imaginative conversations about the future of the ocean, and links unexpected people with unexpected ideas. The latest World Ocean Forum concept is a compilation of key ocean voices from the Copenhagen climate summit (COP15) contributing to a conversation about climate and ocean. 

Charity: Water

One in eleven people in the world lack access to the most basic of human needs: fresh water. It is the thing that we all need in equal amount each day for our survival. CHARITY: WATER is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. They are using private donations, foundation funding, and sponsorships to develop programs and technologies for dug wells, rainwater catchment, gravity fed systems, water purification processes, and sanitation management to bring fresh, clean water to the more than 663 million people in the world that live without access to clean water.
Charity: Water

Coming in January: The Once and Future Ocean
The Once and Future Ocean by Peter Neill
by Peter Neill
Forward by Dr. Paul Mayewski
Director, Climate Change Institute
Available January 2016

In Peter Neill's forthcoming book THE ONCE AND FUTURE OCEAN he asks us to examine our relationship with the ocean and the inter-connected cycles of water, essential for our survival. Ambitious in scope yet grounded in actionable ideas and solutions for preserving the health of the world ocean, The Once and Future Ocean offers a bold vision for a practical and possible future, based on a revolutionary paradigm shift that can be implemented through the political will of individuals who understand the necessity for change. It argues for invention and new solutions, for new answers to fundamental questions, and for a new relationship built around the ocean as a source for new models of living that are within our grasp if we have the courage to take hold. Available as an e-book, in softcover, and in hardback January 2016.

World Ocean Radio Global
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 college and community radio stations worldwide.

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World Ocean Radio:
An #ArcticFuture
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World Ocean Radio: Billion Oyster Project
A New Arctic
About this episode:  In this episode of World Ocean Radio we address a question host Peter Neill posed recently regarding the role that the United States might play during the 2-year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2015-2017). We use the specific objectives and initiatives of the One Arctic Plan to back up why we are optimistic about the future of the Arctic.
World Ocean Radio: Arctic Leadership
Arctic Leadership
About this episode: In this episode we argue that now is the time to look to the Antarctic region and their long-standing treaty which has served as an achievement of sustainability and governance. And we ask, "Why could the Antarctic agreement not apply just as effectively to the Arctic region?"
World Ocean Radio: Pope Francis and the Ocean
Renewable Arctic
About this episode: The conversation continues about the future of the Arctic this week with further outcomes from the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland. During the Assembly there were conversations around the inevitable development of the Arctic couched within the framework of the 'precautionary principle" which implies that there is a social responsibility to protect the public from exposure to harm. In this episode we argue that given the risks and challenges to developing the Arctic we should be considering less risky opportunities, providing a more sustainable return on investment while providing direct community benefits to the indigenous populations.
World Ocean Radio: Shell Resigns the Arctic
The Arctic Garden
About this episode: In late September Royal Dutch Shell announced it has terminated oil exploration and drilling efforts in the Arctic, citing disappointing exploratory results, high costs and strict regulations as their reasons to quit. In this episode we assert that this is a great step forward for the protection of the Arctic and express hope that Shell will go on to invest in other projects such as solar and wind that they might help to shift the paradigm for the sustainable benefit of us all.

The Arctic Circle
world ocean radio: arctic circle
About this episode: The Arctic Circle, an assembly founded by the President of Iceland and held annually to help define the deliberations of the Arctic Council, was held in October in Reykjavík, Iceland. World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill was there, and he is back this week to discuss the conference and the interests and aspirations of the many countries that had representatives attending in order to assert their claim on what appears to be an inevitable future of exploitation of Arctic resources.

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