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The Sea Connects All Things

Peter Neill | Posted 02.02.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

I sign all my email messages with the phrase, "The sea connects all things." What interests me is that the responses don't necessarily indicate agreement or understanding of what is a powerful, certain declaration. What does the sentence actually mean?

Ocean Acidification

Peter Neill | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

This is a global situation, mostly invisible, and demanding of immediate action.

The Oranjemund Shipwreck

Peter Neill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

On April 1, 2008, Tate Kapaandu Shitaka, an excavator operator, inadvertently uncovered two metal tubes, later identified as bronze breech-loading can...

Circle of Blue

Peter Neill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Water is the most valuable commodity on earth. And it circulates for our benefit, from ocean to atmosphere to land and down to the sea again. What will it take to sustain for all our benefit this essential and miraculous "circle of blue?"

Network Societies

Peter Neill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

What if one nation state declares an economic, or political, or cultural justification for a specific harvest when inevitably it will deprive all the rest of us of sustainable access? What power can be brought to bear in such a case?

Maritime Silk Road

Peter Neill | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Peter Neill

Interestingly, today, the phrase "silk road" is being revived in China as a centerpiece of an emerging shift in Chinese foreign policy in support of the nation's arrival as a global economic power, again a dominant player in world trade.

America's Cup

Peter Neill | Posted 12.23.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

The ocean is a spectacular place for teaching and learning. Sea experience has formed the bodies, skills, values, and lives of young people for all time the world over.


Peter Neill | Posted 12.14.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

Here's a surprising thought to consider: unlike any other place on earth, a vast portion of the ocean remains outside the limits of national jurisdiction, the 15 to 200 mile territorial extension of proprietary rights that frequently overlap.

Ocean Relevance: Maritime Museums in a Modern World

Peter Neill | Posted 12.08.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

Let me say it without hesitation or equivocation: The face of the maritime landscape has not changed in significance, and there is without question a self-evident presence of the maritime experience in modern life.

What Price for Extra Oil?

Peter Neill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Not too long ago, the rush to renewable and alternative energy sources was strong, with public subsidies and private funds in full support of solar, wind, bio-fuels, and other new technologies and approaches. But suddenly all that went away.


Peter Neill | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

Fish like alewives, historically essential to the ocean food chain and heretofore threatened, have shown almost instant response to the restoration of the natural passage where once a dam intervened, a natural renewal so essential to their health and proliferation. But what about the dams remaining?

Waves' Collision

Peter Neill | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

By joining these organizations and collectivizing concern and financial capacity, some steps can be effectively taken, but when the effect is calculated today through connection to and awareness of specific ocean issues, the outcome is wanting, almost negligible.

Weather Enterprise

Peter Neill | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

Today we live with the weather as never before. The news is continuously driven not just by more sophisticated forecast but by the consequences of weather far beyond nearby locale, indeed the world over.

Ocean Light

Peter Neill | Posted 10.26.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

Light in the forest is illusive and mysterious. Light in the desert is harsh and destructive. Light on the mountain is amplified bright. Light on the ocean is dynamic and pure.

Blue Marble

Peter Neill | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Peter Neill

People often ask me how to explain in the shortest amount of time the reason for my personal obsession with the ocean, with the need to communicate its vast utility and purpose and relevance to our future. It has not been easy to do so.

The Plastisphere

Peter Neill | Posted 10.13.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

In a study recently published online in Environmental Science & Technology, the scientists suggest that "the plastisphere represents a novel ecological habitat in the ocean and raises a host of questions": How will it change environmental conditions for marine microbes, favoring some that compete with others?

Water, Water Everywhere

Peter Neill | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

If there is a single issue for the international community to agree on as an incontrovertible requirement for world peace, it may be this one: equitable and sustainable water practice and distribution regardless of other necessities and needs.

An Ocean Irony

Peter Neill | Posted 09.14.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

Would I enjoy an overnight stay in one of those underwater rooms? Yes, I confess I would. But would I invest in those hotels versus in Mr. Rezwan's floating schools? No, I confess I would not.

Ocean Bio-Prospecting

Peter Neill | Posted 09.11.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

We all know that the ocean is a valuable source of protein. We don't all know the true value of the ocean as a pharmacological source with deep implication for the development of new medicines for present and future diseases.

Atlantic Memory

Peter Neill | Posted 09.02.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

In late June I had a wonderful assignment through World Ocean Observatory to interview Bernard Cadoret, a scholar, publisher, editor, and innovator --...


Peter Neill | Posted 08.26.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

Will we reduce our harvest, voluntarily limit catch to conserve species for the future? Will we recycle by-catch as fertilizer, animal food, or fish products for human consumption?

Trophic Cascade

Peter Neill | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

It seems silly to say so, but is it not true that this entire process is justified to provide virility/fertility medicines or status symbols to consumers most probably ignorant of or indifferent to the consequences of their desires?

More About Wind

Peter Neill | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

In all the recent talk about alternative energy, solar and wind initiatives have been advantageous enough for government, venture capitalists, and ind...

Fisheries Crime

Peter Neill | Posted 07.07.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

In addition to analyzing, planning, training, and generating policy and legal recommendations to address the problem, INTERPOL will actually coordinate and conduct regional or species targeted operations in the most vulnerable regions such as the West African coast.

Underwater Observation

Peter Neill | Posted 06.08.2013 | Science
Peter Neill

Such things have been the subjects of our imaginations since Captain Nemo, and like many of our dreams, they sometimes come true.