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World Ocean Day

Peter Neill | Posted 06.07.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

What does it take for the will of the people to coalesce around a single issue, to be informed and changed into a voice for change? On June 8, we cel...

Robert Macfarlane, the Old Ways

Peter Neill | Posted 05.17.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

This week we turn to the third in our series of favorite nature writers and their observations that have shaped the underlying message of the World Ocean Observatory.

Annie Dillard, American Naturalist

Peter Neill | Posted 05.11.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

Annie Dillard Published by Salem Press, Inc. Image Credit. This is the second of a four-part series on writers who have shaped author Peter Neill's i...

Nature Writer, Loren Eiseley

Peter Neill | Posted 05.05.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

As I reflect on the now surprising longevity of the World Ocean Blog and our weekly audio program, the World Ocean Radio, my thoughts have turned to v...

Cashes Ledge, Coral Canyons and the Future of National Marine Monuments

Peter Neill | Posted 04.26.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

In recent years, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have used the 1906 Antiquities Act to protect vast marine areas in the Pacific Ocean by declaring them as "national marine monuments."

Our Children's Trust and the Public Trust Doctrine

Peter Neill | Posted 04.20.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

Our Children's Trust is fighting against this phenomenon by bringing legal action in all 50 states and the federal government using the public trust doctrine as the basis for cause to force enforcement of existing regulation and redress the evident, measurable damages.

Governing the High Seas

Peter Neill | Posted 04.15.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

The earth's surface is more than 70% ocean, supporting our claim that our planet would have best been called "Aqua," more water than land, a sea of blue connecting the remaining disconnected green, where has been concentrated the history of human activity, for better or for worse.

The Galapagos Islands: A Last Place on Earth

Peter Neill | Posted 04.07.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

Image: Rod Mast | Marine Photobank The Galapagos Islands... The name evokes a faraway place where Nature exists in an almost pure form, described by...

World Ocean Assessment, Part 4

Peter Neill | Posted 03.24.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

In this fourth and final edition devoted to the recently published UN World Ocean Assessment, I want to focus on one example: the State of Oregon in t...

World Ocean Assessment, Part 3

Peter Neill | Posted 03.24.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

In past blog entries we have been discussing the 2016 publication of UN World Ocean Assessment, a massive report on the state of the ocean as we know ...

World Ocean Assessment, Part 2

Peter Neill | Posted 03.24.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

We continue today with an exposition of the first UN World Ocean Assessment, a massive baseline study of all aspects of the ocean - what they are, why...

World Ocean Assessment, Part 1

Peter Neill | Posted 03.24.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

In January 2016, the United Nations General Assembly accepted a 1,752 page report entitled "The First Global Integrated Marine Assessment - World Ocea...

An Open Letter from Nunavut

Peter Neill | Posted 03.24.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

In October 2015, Peter Taptuna, the Premier of Nunavut, the northeastern territory that, with two others, central and west, comprise the land that borders the Canadian Arctic, wrote an open letter to the four candidates in the coming Federal elections.

Corporate Accountability

Peter Neill | Posted 02.24.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

We are accountable for our decisions, our investments, our respect for law, and our moral choices. Every day would seem, then, to be a moving calculation of multiple accountabilities - a ledger of life, with surpluses and, yes, deficits.

The Flint Water Crisis

Peter Neill | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Peter Neill

A city of some 100,000 residents, Flint, Michigan has dominated the news in the United States as a tragic story of mismanagement and health consequences centered on a political decision to save funds by changing the city's water supply to a polluted source.

Let's Talk More About Water

Peter Neill | Posted 01.28.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

It may seem a long way by any scale from an African village or a Jordanian refugee camp to the ocean. The distance can be measured geographically, of course, but it can also be measured economically and socially by separation between our understanding of the problem and its solution.

A Salute to SeaLab

Peter Neill | Posted 01.19.2016 | Science
Peter Neill

SeaLab, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, was the first of three experiments in aquatic living as part of the US Navy's Man-in-the-Sea initiative to understand how humans can best survive in exacting underwater conditions.

Inventing Fish: An Industry on the Brink

Peter Neill | Posted 01.14.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

The paradox is obvious: Whatever we do to sustain the national fishing industry will be countered by external suppliers operating outside sustainability management regimes to meet an ever-growing market demand.

Whales in Captivity

Peter Neill | Posted 01.07.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

This controversy will continue, pitting commercial entertainment interests claiming educational and scientific purpose against animal rights organizations claiming commercialism and cruelty to animals.

A New Arctic

Peter Neill | Posted 12.02.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

If one is a visionary, then all this might be the foundation for a new idea, incorporating the best of the successful Antarctic Treaty in the south with the best interests of regional inhabitants in the north -- a New Arctic that conserves and sustains the best of this astonishing place for global benefit in the 21st century.

Arctic Leadership

Peter Neill | Posted 11.24.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The presence of human habitation, and its right to security and survival is the essential focus of the emerging Arctic consensus. There is no question that the needs of those communities will be addressed.

The Renewable Arctic

Peter Neill | Posted 11.17.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

Who is advocating for the most renewable resource of the all: the public who would directly and indirectly benefit from the enduring value of the Arctic as a global resource on the conservation of which we can depend for a sustainable future?

The Arctic Garden

Peter Neill | Posted 11.11.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

No one seemed to be asking the alternative question: Other than resource extraction, what is the true value of the Arctic?

The Climate Group

Peter Neill | Posted 10.23.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The price of oil has dropped to the point that old approaches and operations -- such as Arctic drilling and controversial pipelines -- make no sense and are obsolescent in the face to new competitive investment in alternatives.

Pope Francis and the Ocean

Peter Neill | Posted 10.16.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The Pope has been especially clear and vocal about his views of climate change as a real, pervasive, and devastating factor in today's world and that our understanding and response to the problem is essential to the future survival of all people worldwide.