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Airs at: Mon, 08/09/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Every Monday from 10:00am to 11:00am.


A weekly conversation about our place on the planet. Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein talks with local, regional and national experts, activists and policy makers about climate change, food policy, land use, salmon restoration, forest management and all the other things that matter in our environment.

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Oregon's Most Hopeful Legislative Session in Years

Airs at: Mon, 08/02/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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On July 27, Governor  Kate Brown signed Oregon's 100 percent clean energy bill into law. This law requires Oregon energy companies to provide their customers with 100 percent clean electricity by 2040, an ambitious deadline matched only by the state of New York. This comes ... Read more

Time to Remove the Snake River Dams

Airs at: Mon, 07/26/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Four hydropower dams, built between 1962 and 1975, have transformed the lower Snake River into slack water reservoirs, deadly to salmon and the 137 other species that are critical to the salmon food chain. After decades of debate and legal challenges over the need to remove... Read more

Beaver Field Trip Along the North Fork Burnt River

Airs at: Mon, 07/19/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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A couple months ago we talked with Suzanne Fouty, a hydrologist who worked for Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in eastern Oregon as a water resource and soils specialist. One of her specialties is beaver and at that time she was working with a group trying to get legislatio... Read more

Celebrating the Thin Green Line

Airs at: Mon, 07/12/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program first aired on April 19, 2021 For nearly two decades communities across the Pacific Northwest have been fighting off multiple efforts to turn the region into a fossil fuel export hub. Today we’ll look back at the successes of what Eric de Place with Sightli... Read more

Lithium Mining's Unforeseen Consequences

Airs at: Mon, 07/05/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Lithium, the lightest metal on earth, is a key element in the effort to combat climate change. Since lithium ion batteries are far lighter than other batteries and hold a charge for much longer, they are an important component of solar and wind energy systems, storing energ... Read more

Finding the Mother Tree

Airs at: Mon, 06/28/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program was originall broadcast on May 3, 2021 Is it possible that trees are sentient beings, rather than simply the source of timber and pulp? For decades forest ecologist Suzanne Simard has been exploring the complicated, interdependent communities that are forest... Read more

Time to Stop Zenith

Airs at: Mon, 06/21/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For years, community members, organizations, and coalitions have been calling on the City of Portland to shut down Zenith Energy’s dirty, dangerous oil-by-rail operations in NW Portland. When the City of Portland failed to take action, dedicated community members refused to... Read more

Portland's Industrial Sacrifice Zone

Airs at: Mon, 06/14/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program originally aired on March 29, 2021   Before European settlers transformed the north reach of the Willamette River, near its confluence with the Columbia, it was a braided river of shallow channels and islands rich in biodiversity. Today the area is designat... Read more

Beaver Taught Salmon To Jump

Airs at: Mon, 06/07/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program originally aired on March 15, 2021 Beavers have been called “Nature’s Engineers.” In fact, the Army of Corps of Engineers could learn a lot from beavers. Instead of re-engineering nature to serve narrow human interests, beavers engineer the natural environm... Read more

In Search of Hummingbirds

Airs at: Mon, 05/31/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Hummingbirds, with their jewel-like plumage, acrobatic flight, and fearless character, have fascinated us for centuries. For hundreds hese mythic-like creatures have played a central role in the folklore and spirituality of many cultures. But the future of these amazing lit... Read more