Locus Focus

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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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Oil and LNG Trains on the Rise?

Airs at: Mon, 07/06/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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While the Pacific Northwest and the rest of the world is wracked by the COVID-19 pandemic, another kind of pandemic threatens our region - an increasing number of oil trains, each loaded with 3 million gallons of crude oil, traveling down the Columbia River and through Port... Read more

Methane Madness

Airs at: Mon, 06/29/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In the wake of proposals to build unpopular massive LNG and methanol projects around the Northwest, the gas industry feels like it's under attack. In fact a PR campaign being promoted by gas utilities in Washington and Oregon claims that their industry is facing an existent... Read more

Summer Wildfires and Impending COVID-19 Deaths

Airs at: Mon, 06/22/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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When the Oregon State Legislature goes into a special session this summer to address new COVID-19 policies, medical and public health professionals from across the state are calling on Governor Kate Brown and Oregon lawmakers to include fire and smoke preparedness measures ... Read more

Voices from the Edge Move to Center Stage

Airs at: Mon, 06/15/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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By the time this episode of Locus Focus airs it will be three weeks since George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police and a wave of massive, militant protests radiated from Minneapolis across the country and the world. This amazing show of support for the Black Lives Ma... Read more

The Plague Brought the Renaissance. What Could COVID-19 Bring?

Airs at: Mon, 06/08/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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This past week we are witnessing the confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic collapse and unprecedented widespread, militant demonstrations expressing anger and grief over the death of George Floyd—the most recent manifestation of the systemic racism that permeates th... Read more

The Need to Stretch our Thinking in Time of Pandemic

Airs at: Mon, 06/01/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The COVID-19 Pandemic is stretching the ways we need to think in so many ways, economically, socially, medically and spiritually. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow with the Post Carbon Institute, about how the coronavirus pandemic p... Read more

Jordan Cove LNG Pandemic Update

Airs at: Mon, 05/25/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Since the COVID-19 Pandemic struck, there have been important developments in the fifteen year struggle to stop the Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. When we last talked about this issue, the state of Oregon had just denied two critical per... Read more

Mt. St. Helens Eruption 40th Anniversary

Airs at: Mon, 05/18/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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This May 18 is the fortieth anniversary of Mt. St. Helens last major eruption, which blew 1,300 feet off the top of the mountain and created the largest landslide in recorded history. Exactly 40 years, one hour and 28 minutes ago from the start of this week's Locus Focus, M... Read more

Bringing the Earth into Balance in Times of Crisis

Airs at: Mon, 05/11/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The COVID-19 pandemic is a brutal reminder of how out of balance our planet has become. Decades of explosive human population growth and an increasingly mobile population have put us in close contact, squeezed natural habitats, and forced wild animals to occupy cities or pe... Read more

For Now the Air is Cleaner

Airs at: Mon, 05/04/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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With the world's economy shut down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the air is cleaner in normally polluted cities around the world. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with atmospheric scientist Heather Price about the lessons we can glean from seeing air pollution... Read more