iOS app Android app

World Ocean Observatory

The Arctic Council: A Model for Sustainable Development?

Peter Neill | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Conflict underlies the growing controversy and opposition by many to comparable energy driven development in China, Africa, and other developing states with growing financial and social aspirations already enjoyed by the developed world. It seems to be an unstoppable, repeating pattern that will endure regardless of lessons already learned.

Need or Greed? Biodiversity, Conservation and Ocean Health

Peter Neill | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Since the founding of the World Ocean Observatory more than a decade ago, I have attended many conferences and international meetings on ocean and cli...

Water: Cycles and Circles

Peter Neill | Posted 09.01.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Change can evolve, slowly over time, or it can happen suddenly, without warning, at some moment when all the gravity of circumstance forces history to turn unexpectedly, sometimes explosively. If we are so smart, why is it that we seem incapable of planning such a turn?

Petitions

Peter Neill | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

My World Ocean Observatory inbox is filled every day with messages from ocean organizations around the world. Given the wide range of issues included ...

Water Efficiency in a Global Crisis

Peter Neill | Posted 08.11.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Only 3 percent of the water on earth is fresh, and of that some 2 percent is locked in the polar ice caps, thus leaving us with the astonishing conclusion that the entire population on earth is reliant on 1 percent of the available water worldwide to sustain its fundamental need.

Rescue for the Global Ocean (Part 4)

Peter Neill | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

While the past decade has demonstrated great public awareness of ocean issues, and in some cases some striking successes in ocean protection and stewardship, our overall progress toward a global solution has been limited.

Rescue for the Global Ocean (Part 3)

Peter Neill | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Our series on the new Global Ocean Commission report, From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean, continues this week, addressing...

Rescue for the Global Ocean (Part 2)

Peter Neill | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

This initiative represents a powerful and focused effort on the part of international leaders to regenerate and refocus our collective energy on solutions that respond most directly to the intervening negative circumstances that have challenged the world ocean ecosystem to its core.

Rescue for the Global Ocean (Part I)

Peter Neill | Posted 09.07.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

These are complicated issues and solutions. Each and every one merits further exposition and discussion; their importance demands that we address each one in more detail over ensuing posts.

Microbeads

Peter Neill | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

There are alternatives: ground apricot shells and cocoa beans are proposed as substitute natural exfoliates for the various products. But if the industry ignores the argument and resists product modification, there is as always the option to legislate a solution.

The New North

Peter Neill | Posted 08.16.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

The new north -- a phrase that slowly seeps into the geopolitical discussion and suggests that in the changes, overt and still to come, in the norther...

Life in a Drop

Peter Neill | Posted 08.09.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Recently via social media, the World Ocean Observatory received an astonishing photograph taken of a single drop of ocean water at 25 times magnificat...

Flood Insurance

Peter Neill | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

This is a broken system. And it will only get worse as extreme weather and sea level rise increase the incidence of events and the levels of destruction.

Big Fish Ideas

Peter Neill | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing depletes fish stocks, destroys marine habitats, distorts competition, puts honest fishers at an unfair disadvantage, and weakens coastal communities, particularly in developing countries.

Global Partnership for the Oceans

Peter Neill | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Of the many organizations and initiatives dedicated to ocean sustainability, we often point to smaller groups and individuals attempting and succeeding in making a difference through specific actions directed at local issues and solutions.

Beyond Hope

Peter Neill | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Frequently in these conversations I hear expressions of hopelessness: What can I do to combat these forces, distant and powerful, that seem indifferent not just to the natural environment, but also to the values and traditions that have been part of our engagement with the ocean forever?

Rockweed: Failing Down the Food Chain

Peter Neill | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

This weed constitutes shelter for such species, an incubation place for plankton, sea urchins, periwinkles, and other shellfish, young adult lobsters, and other coastal animals, above and below the waterline, that forage there for nutrition.

Strategic Oil

Peter Neill | Posted 05.31.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Two forces have driven our consumption-based growth, measured as gross domestic production, expanded our ability to fertilize and protect our crops from disease, and created new products and processes that have transformed our traditional occupations.

Waste-Free Ocean

Peter Neill | Posted 05.24.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Can we stop just throwing that plastic away? Can we convert that coastal trash and plastic island in the Pacific from a problem to a solution? Can we imagine and sustain a waste-free ocean?

Urban Mining

Peter Neill | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Just as we have learned to recycle paper, glass, iron, steel, even water, we must now also learn to recover these new elements as well, mine their density and availability, and invent a new conduct toward sustaining the value of these most precious metals already in hand.

$53 Million for Fish

Peter Neill | Posted 04.28.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Recently, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the enormous charitable foundation of New York City's former mayor, Michael Bloomberg, announced its Vibrant Ocean...

Sea Sickness

Peter Neill | Posted 04.19.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Every human need for the future -- fresh water, food, energy, medicine, security, and psychological renewal -- is dependent on a healthy, sustainable world ocean. The ocean is our cure. Why would we destroy it?

Mining the Abyss

Peter Neill | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

"Resource nationalism" pertains here -- the right of a nation to exchange its resources for return to its population and general social welfare that is sustainable over time. Globalization has stood that idea on its head.

Ocean Traffic

Peter Neill | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Only within the past few years have maritime museums around the world addressed human trafficking as part of the larger maritime story.

A Climate Change Refugee

Peter Neill | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Must the destruction be measured only in massive political disruption? Or gross national product? Or vast economic loss? Or untenable cost of reconstruction? Or numbers of people killed or driven from their homes, never to return?