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For centuries the ocean has seemingly received and assimilated our waste of every kind: sewage, garbage, chemical effluent, lost ships, etc. We've given little thought to our power plants and our tailpipes—that these emissions would dissolve into the air instead of the water where it turns into acid concentrated enough to change its pH. Because the ocean is so vast, how could these seemingly little bits of human activity amount to much, and what could dissuade us from the benefits of the industrial revolution, technological advancement, and improved quality of life? In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss the invisible impacts of our actions, will argue against the exploitation of Nature and its existence to meet our needs, and will challenge our assumptions about the ocean as a self-healing place.
Peter Neill, Director of the 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 World Ocean Observatory, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by community radio stations worldwide.
Photo: The Delray Beach ocean outfall discharges 13 million gallons per day of treated sewage up-current of a coral reef.
Photo Credit: Steve Spring | Marine Photobank.
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People rely on the ocean to provide jobs with steady wages and stable economies for coastal communities worldwide. The jobs and revenue produced from marine-related industries directly benefit those who are employed, but also have substantial indirect value for community identity, tax revenue, and other related economic and social impacts of a stable coastal economy. (source: OHI)