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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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Stopping the Post Fire Timber Grab

Airs at: Mon, 11/01/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In the wake of 2020’s wildfires, the Willamette and the Umpqua National Forests have proposed hundreds of miles of 200 foot-wide linear clearcuts throughout the forest in the name of “hazard tree removal.” These projects would damage habitat for listed species, impair water... Read more

The Forest Service Takes Bark's Advice

Airs at: Mon, 10/25/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Over the summer, the Mt. Hood National Forest Service proposed cutting trees along over 200 miles of roads within the 2020 Riverside Fire area. Bark, a community organization who has trained hundreds of volunteers about the basics of forest policy and saved tens of thousan... Read more

REBROADCAST: Why Hanford Does Not Need Anymore Nukes

Airs at: Tue, 10/19/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The Hanford Reservation is one of the most polluted places in the world. For over 40 years, the United States produced plutonium there for nuclear weapons, and released hundreds of billions of gallons of liquid chemical and radioactive waste into the soil and groundwater. N... Read more

Peatlands

Airs at: Mon, 10/11/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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When we think of spectacular landscapes we usually envision mountain ranges, lush rainforests or the Oregon Coast. But few people recognize the ecological splendor of swamplands – also known as peatlands. While they are just as globally significant as rain forests for their... Read more

Speaking Truth to Power

Airs at: Mon, 10/04/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Science has been under attack in a big way for the past few years. But while most of us are focusing on right wing attacks on mainstream science such as climate chaos and Covid vaccines, there is a longer history of scientists who are persecuted for challenging mainstream p... Read more

Methane Hazards

Airs at: Mon, 09/27/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Northwest Natural Gas and other fracked gas utilities are spending massive amounts of money on a campaign to promote so-called natural gas as a sustainable and carbon-free fuel for the future. But a recent report, “Methane Gas: Health, Safety, and Decarbonization,” tells a ... Read more

Power

Airs at: Mon, 09/20/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Pollution, overconsumption, resource depletion, habitat destruction, overpopulation have all led to our current climate crisis. And power is at the core of the problems confronting humanity. How have human beings—one species among millions—become powerful enough to threaten... Read more

Zenith Energy's Big Loss

Airs at: Mon, 09/13/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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On August 27 the City of Portland put the brakes on Zenith Energy's oil-by-rail storage and transfer facility in NW Portland by denying a Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS) for the facility. After relentless pressure from Portland residents, community organizations, a... Read more

Oregon's Big Burn Anniversary

Airs at: Mon, 09/06/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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This week is the first anniversary of Oregon's Big Burn. A year later the impacts of the wild fires that raged across Western Oregon on Labor Day last year are still very much with us. But the gravest impact of all is the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Tra... Read more

Time to Stop Zenith

Airs at: Mon, 08/30/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program originally aired on June 21, 2021. There have been several new developments since the original broadcast of this show, but the biggest news is that on Friday, August 27, Portland City Council denied Zenith's Land Use Compatibility Statement, blocking Zenith'... Read more