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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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Portland's City Charter Change - What Comes Next

Airs at: Mon, 12/05/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Portland voters just made history. With the passage of Measure 26-228, for the first time in over 100 years we are changing our form of government and election system. The City of Portland will be implementing ranked choice voting, preparing to move to a City Administrator ... Read more

Spotted Owls and Wildfire

Airs at: Mon, 11/28/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The Northern Spotted Owl is the quintessential canary in the coal-mine for older forest ecosystems. It was listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act in 1992 because of widespread logging of its old-growth forest habitat. And although wildfires have been blamed... Read more

Oregon Public Utility Commission Stands up to NW Natural

Airs at: Mon, 11/21/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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At long last Oregon regulators are beginning to rein in the state’s largest gas utility. Earlier this year NW Natural came to the Oregon Public Utitlity comission with a proposal to drastically raise its rates. The rate increases would mainly pay for executive bonuses, inve... Read more

Friends of Trees

Airs at: Mon, 11/14/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Portland prides itself on being a tree city but in fact in recent years Portland's tree canopy has actually shrunk. Friends of Trees, a nonprofit organization that addresses inequities in the urban canopy by planting trees with community involvement, has been working for ye... Read more

What's at Stake for the Environment this Election day?

Airs at: Mon, 11/07/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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As Election Day approaches our stomachs are contracting as our minds try to push past worst case scenarios. With so many critical races too close to call, and so much dark money being poured into some pretty scary candidates' campaigns, we need to take a close look at what ... Read more

Stopping Zenith Energy and NEXT

Airs at: Mon, 10/31/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Until a few weeks ago it looked likely that Portland would be able to shut down Zenith Energy's oil train operations in NW Portland. But then, without any public notice, Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan abruptly changed course and approved the land use compatibility stat... Read more

Once a Braided River

Airs at: Mon, 10/24/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For thousands of years the north reach of the Willamette River, near its confluence with the Columbia, was a braided river of shallow channels and islands rich in biodiversity. That was until European settlers came to the Pacific Northwest and displaced the Indigenous peopl... Read more

Jordan Cove Victory Update

Airs at: Mon, 10/17/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program originally aired on January 24, 2022 For 18 years communities across Southern Oregon fought an existential struggle to stop the massive Jordan Cove LNG export terminal that was proposed for Coos Bay and its accompanying 36" fracked gas pipeline that would h... Read more

Portland Caves in to Zenith Energy

Airs at: Mon, 10/10/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In late 2017 Zenith Energy stole into Portland in the dead of night and took over an abandoned petroleum facility, proceeding to turn it into the largest oil-by-rail facility in the Northwest. The community rose up in fury that a fossil fuel facility of this size could oper... Read more

Old Growth Forests, Wildfire and Climate Chaos

Airs at: Mon, 10/03/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Even though there are no large fires burning close to Portland this summer, you can still smell the smoke from all the megafires burning from British Columbia to Northern California. This is the new reality we are facing, a confluence of climate chaos, exacerbated by loggin... Read more