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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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Hydrogen: The Latest Unicorn Encore Presentation

Airs at: Mon, 07/04/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program aired originally on May 23, 2022 As pressure increases for us to drastically reduce carbon emissions, one attention-grabbing option being promoted is renewable hydrogen. But is hydrogen really the answer to our energy needs or is its promotion largely based... Read more

The Last Days of the Dinosaurs

Airs at: Mon, 06/27/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Sixty-six million years ago an asteroid some seven miles across slammed into the Earth, leaving a geologic wound over 50 miles in diameter. More than half of known species, including the dinosaurs, vanished seemingly overnight. In The Last Days of the Dinosaurs, science wri... Read more

A New Path to Dam Removal

Airs at: Mon, 06/20/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For decades tribal nations and salmon advocates have been working every avenue to take down the four dams on the Lower Snake River. These dams provide a modicum of electricity, negligible passage for shipping and some irrigation water for farmers. But mostly they kill salmo... Read more

Columbia Riverkeeper Begins a New Chapter

Airs at: Mon, 06/13/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For over twenty years Columbia Riverkeeper has been a major voice in protecting the mighty Columbia River. In that time Riverkeeper has worked on many fronts to enforce environmental laws to stop illegal pollution, protect salmon habitat, and challenge harmful fossil fuel t... Read more

Portland's CEI Hub

Airs at: Mon, 06/06/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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As you drive along St. Helens Road in NW Portland, to the west rise the West Hills and Forest Park. But to the east you see a landscape diametrically opposed to the verdant scene acorss the highway. What is in those tank farms that go on and on, bordered by railroad tracks ... Read more

A Nuclear Comeback?

Airs at: Mon, 05/30/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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After the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor in 1979, it looked like the nuclear industry’s halcyon days were over. The Chernobyl and Fukishima disasters drove home even more starkly just how dangerous nuclear power is. But in recent years there has been a gr... Read more

Hydrogen: The Latest Unicorn

Airs at: Mon, 05/23/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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As pressure increases for us to drastically reduce carbon emissions, one attention-grabbing option being promoted is renewable hydrogen. But is hydrogen really the answer to our energy needs or is its promotion largely based on false promises? On this episode of Locus Focus... Read more

Healing Grounds

Airs at: Mon, 05/16/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program aired originally on March 21, 2022 The regenerative farming movement has mostly centered around restoring soil and ecosystem health and leaving our land, waters, and climate in better shape for future generations. But regenerative farming also requires reck... Read more

NEXT at Port Westward

Airs at: Mon, 05/09/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program originally aired on February 7, 2022 At a critical bend in the Columbia River estuary, a company called NEXT Renewable Fuels, Inc., wants to build a renewable diesel refinery. The proposed refinery at Port Westward would be one of the largest producers of r... Read more

Frog Ferry

Airs at: Mon, 05/02/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program initially aired on January 31, 2022 The Portland metro area is a land of water at the confluence of two of the major rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The Chinookan People, who lived along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers before European contact, were maste... Read more