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Bad Trash to Good Cash: Solutions for Recycling, Repurposing, and Profiting From Modern-day Waste

Peter Neill | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

Without substantive recycling, in these ways or others, we perpetuate waste. Waste is excess. Excess is pollution. Pollution dirties our air, corrupts our land, fouls our water, poisons our ocean, and diminishes our future.

Matter of Scale: A Plan for Sustainable Fisheries

Peter Neill | Posted 12.29.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

By limiting scale, we increase the efficiency and value of the global fishing enterprise, a reverse investment that generates greater return through savings, pricing, removal of public subsidy, continuity of work for a large majority of fishers, guaranteed supply over time, and the health of the communities where both fishers and consumers live.

The Chemical Ocean

Peter Neill | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Like ocean acidification, this is mostly an invisible problem, but it is comparable in import for the vitality of marine ecosystems and the implication for human reliance on the ocean for water, food, and health in the future.

Climate Risk Management

Peter Neill | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Are you willing to ignore even the possibility of these circumstances and trends, and leave us all to fend for ourselves and defer the consequence of neglect to our children?

The Externalities of Climate Change

Peter Neill | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Mountaintop removal, hydraulic fracturing, open pit mining, dams, highways, filled wetlands -- these are just some of the many other examples of human-engineered intrusion into natural systems that are not typically planned or valued within the full context and cost of their use.

What Does Greed Look Like? Overfishing for Tuna in the 21st Century

Peter Neill | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

What we have here is fishing as an exercise of international power, the implementation of which needs be indifferent to treaty, law, international policy, or limiting regulation.

Law of Mother Earth: A Vision From Bolivia

Peter Neill | Posted 01.18.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

Looking toward the future, one can easily despair over the scale of change required, the intractability of vested interests and governments, and the human energy and imagination required to make any change for the better.

Offshore Oil and the Energy Debate

Peter Neill | Posted 01.11.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The energy industry has transformed the American landscape -- removed mountain tops, scarred vast areas of open pits, destroyed agricultural lands, and poisoned aquifers. Why would we even think of permitting them to despoil anything more? Why would we trust them with the ocean?

Ecological Debt and the Global Footprint Network

Peter Neill | Posted 01.04.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

Ecological debt has transcended the physical and political boundaries of any individual nation to become a global phenomenon that involves every person on earth in the calculating and recalculating the sums through collective and individual behaviors worldwide.

Chinese Water Management: Supply, Demand, and a Changing Climate

Peter Neill | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

If you accept that water is the most valuable commodity on earth, then there is no financial argument against its production at whatever cost. Hopefully the world, regardless of national aspiration, political ideology, and systems of governance, will come to that conclusion in time to assuage our thirst for survival.

War and Water: Middle East Conflicts in the Watershed

Peter Neill | Posted 12.21.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

The location of these cities and the caravan or highway routes between them are all testimony to the fact that for all time water has enabled the true security of the region. Take away the slogans and guns, let the people live there, and the water will sustain them.

Global Water Contract, Part 2

Peter Neill | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Fresh water and the ocean are a single, irreplaceable natural asset that supports the well being of human endeavor in its every form. It, like the land, is finite. When we destroy it, when we waste it, we are acting so obviously against our true interest and survival.

The Global Water Contract, Part I

Peter Neill | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. That familiar quotation approaches the reality of the world situation, to a point now when an estimated three billion people may not have access to clean fresh water to drink, for hygiene, for cooking, or for basic survival.

The People's Climate March

Peter Neill | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Until we as ocean advocates can make the case that climate itself is a function of the ocean, along with its impact on fresh water, energy, food, health, and security, the UN and other agents of governance will continue to struggle with the compromised attitudes and actions, or lack thereof, promoted by vested interests.

The Air We Breathe

Peter Neill | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Certainly air, like water, must be free and available to everyone to breathe and drink freely, breath by breath, swallow by swallow, day by day, in the name of individual and world health and security. But that is not the case.

The Arctic Council: A Model for Sustainable Development?

Peter Neill | Posted 11.16.2014 | 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.

Water: Cycles and Circles

Peter Neill | Posted 11.01.2014 | 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 10.18.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 09.27.2014 | 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...