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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Fallout: Disasters, Lies, and the Legacy of the Nuclear Age

Airs at: Mon, 07/23/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Across the planet vast landscapes are contaminated by the legacy of the nuclear age. From Hiroshima to Hanford and Chernobyl to Fukushima, the growing legacy of lethal radioactive waste has created vast exclusion zones where people have been permenantly forced from their ho... Read more

Sandra Steingraber on Fracking

Airs at: Mon, 07/16/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Over the past few years a flurry of LNG and methanol projects have been proposed for Northwest communities from Vancouver, BC to Coos Bay, Oregon. There is a glut of natural gas being produced and these LNG facilities and methanol refineries are the fossil fuel industry's w... Read more

Vancouver, BC Bridge Blockade to Stop Trans Mountain Pipeline

Airs at: Mon, 07/09/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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On July 3, 12 Greenpeace climbers formed an aerial blockade to stop oil tanker traffic from leaving Vancouver, hanging from Vancouver's Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, while flying banners designed by Indigenous artists from North America. Their message was to communicate the ... Read more

Fire and Naturally Emerging Young Forests

Airs at: Mon, 07/02/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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As this year’s fire season gets off to a roaring start we are still absorbing the impact and lessons learned from last seasons megafire in the Columbia River Gorge. On this episode of Locus Focus we look at post-fire natural recovery, the beauty and specialness of young cha... Read more

Tacoma on the Front Lines

Airs at: Mon, 06/25/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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According to Sightline Institute Tacoma, Washington is the major frontline community in the fight to stop fossil fuel development in the Northwest. After vehemently rejecting a proposal to build the world's largest methanol refinery at the Port of Tacoma, citizens are now t... Read more

Pacific Northwest in the Tar Sands Crosshairs

Airs at: Mon, 06/18/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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It seems likely that the Canadian province of Alberta—home to a massive tar sands industry that produces some of the globe’s dirtiest and most polluting oil—has put the Pacific Northwest in its crosshairs. The province is partnering with the Canadian government, who recentl... Read more

Portland Clean Energy Fund

Airs at: Mon, 06/11/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Cities all over the world are taking the lead on responding to climate change. In the United States over 1,000 Mayors have signed the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Unfortunately there is a lack of funding at the local level to implement the types of renewable energy ... Read more

Protecting the Wild Side of Mt. Hood

Airs at: Mon, 06/04/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Since the 1970s, Mt. Hood Meadows has made multiple attempts to site a destination resort on the North side of Mt. Hood. Local citizens, conservation groups, recreation clubs and communities around Mt. Hood have repeatedly opposed these efforts. After decades of dispute, Co... Read more

Mount St. Helens @38

Airs at: Mon, 05/28/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Every May 18, I spend time remembering the eruption of Mt. St. Helens that day in 1980. But this year I had the opportunity to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the eruption by hiking the Hummocks Trail in the blast zone on the mountain’s north face with Pacific Northwest... Read more

CAFOS on the Columbia

Airs at: Mon, 05/21/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Last year thousands of Columbia Riverkeeper members and others called on Governor Brown and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to protect the Columbia River and rural communities from factory farm pollution. They didn’t listen. In March of 2017, Oregon gave the ... Read more