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Airs at: Mon, 01/28/2019 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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Palm Oil - A Climate Disaster

Airs at: Mon, 01/21/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In the mid-2000s, Western nations, led by the United States, began drafting environmental laws that encouraged the use of vegetable oil in fuels. But this ambitious move to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and curb global warming, had unforeseen consequences. Warnings that t... Read more

Jordan Cove, The Third Time Around

Airs at: Mon, 01/14/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For more than 14 years, southern Oregon communities have been fighting a proposal to build a 229-mile Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline that would cross more than 400 rivers and streams on its way across Southern Oregon and the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal at the Po... Read more

Opening the Penultimate Trump Time Capsule

Airs at: Mon, 01/07/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Two years ago, shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, Eric de Place with Sightline Institute wrote to his friends and colleagues: "I want you to write down your predictions for the future. It’s conventional wisdom that the Trump presidency will yield unusual even... Read more

Fighting Fire in All the Wrong Places

Airs at: Mon, 12/31/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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As another endless and virulent fire season takes a breather, the U.S. Forest Service is still spending inordinate amounts of money suppressing remote wild land fires, which in many cases are better allowed to burn themselves out. According to Timothy Ingalsbee, Executive D... Read more

The World's Largest Methanol Refinery

Airs at: Mon, 12/24/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Last week over 1,000 people from across the Pacific Northwest attended a public hearing in Longview, Washington, to comment on the draft supplemental environmental impact statement for the world’s largest methanol refinery, proposed for the Port of Kalama. Project supporter... Read more

Hanford's Legacy: Renamed or Contained?

Airs at: Mon, 12/17/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The United States Department of Energy wants to reclassify 70,000 gallons of high-level nuclear waste in a cluster of tanks near the Columbia River. DOE’s proposal seeks to reclassify the pollution as low-level waste so that DOE can fill the tanks with grout and leave the w... Read more

Tacoma LNG Hearing and Discussion

Airs at: Mon, 12/10/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The push for massive fracked gas projects continues to put pressure on communities across the Pacific Northwest. Last month there was a public hearing in Tacoma, where the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency took public comments on Puget Sound Energy's proposed hybrid LNG fuel hub... Read more

The World's Largest Methanol Refinery Update

Airs at: Mon, 12/03/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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On November 13, a report  written by the company proposing the world’s largest fracked-gas-to-methanol refinery was released by the Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County, WA. The proposed fossil fuel refinery at the Port of Kalama in Southwest Washington is controversial becaus... Read more

Fire Seasons Without End

Airs at: Mon, 11/26/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The wildfires in Northern and Southern California this month are a grisly foreshadowing of a world in the fiery grip of climate chaos. It is apparent - unless you're a climate denier - that climate change is upon us and that fire seasons without end are a stark indication o... Read more

Election is Over, What's Next?

Airs at: Mon, 11/19/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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After much anxiety, social justice and climate activists were mostly heartened by the mid-term election results. Now, what are the next steps we must take to ensure that a progressive agenda moves forward in Oregon and across the country? On this episode of Locus Focus we ... Read more