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"...At some point, we will come to understand that the ocean is the ultimate answer to our plight. When we have finally exhausted the fossil fuels, diminished the fields, and altered the climate, we will turn to the ocean for solace – for food, energy, and fresh water – the three elements without which the world population will not survive. To do this, however, we cannot expect to perpetuate our present ideals and behaviors, but rather we will have to create and accept significant change in how we think, what we value, what we build, and how we work together."
~ Peter Neill from WOR 193: The Architecture That Comes Next

World Ocean Radio for October 5-21, 2012:

Water Asset Class World Ocean Observatory Weekly Radio194: Water as an Asset Class
About this episode: Economist Willem Buiter's recent essay in the newsletter "Thirsty Cities—Urbanization to Drive Water Demand” surveys the growth of world population, concentration in urban areas, rising demand, resulting pressure on existing supplies and investment implications. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will provide multiple references to opinions and data relative to water rights, disputes, finance, and the notion of the basic allocation of water as an essential human right may be the single most important debate of our time. 

Architecture Comes Next World Ocean Observatory Weekly Radio193: The Architecture That Comes Next
About this episode: In Eaarth, Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, author Bill McKibben analyzes the damage we've done to our terrestrial and marine environment, outlining and advocating ways in which we can live on the land. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will expand upon McKibben's evaluation by outlining various initiatives around the globe that represent multidisciplinary ocean-based architectural solutions for when and if we exhaust resources on land and must turn to the ocean for our food, energy and fresh water.

Thinking Ahead About Climate World Ocean Observatory Weekly Radio192: Who's Thinking Ahead About Climate?
About this episode: The political debate about climate in the United States has resulted in a stalemate. Save for the voices of a determined few, a silence has enveloped the issue, effectively shutting the conversation down. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will ask the question, "Is anyone out there thinking ahead about climate?" and will answer it by outlining two particular organizations-The U.S. Navy and the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies-with future agendas that are taking climate science seriously and moving responsibly forward.

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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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Alternative Radio Peter Neill Sea to Shining Sea The Water Crisis
Peter Neill on Alternative Radio | Sea to Shining Sea: The Water Crisis

Tune in to Alternative Radio on Tuesday, November 6 at 2 p.m. to hear World Ocean Observatory's own Peter Neill discuss the water crisis.
Summary: As the climate is getting warmer and the population is growing, many parts of the world are running out of water. The earth is rapidly drying up as demand far outstrips supply. How can we create a just and sustainable future based on the notion of water as a commons and a public trust, and not a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder? Can new ways be found to increase our water supply?

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