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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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

NW Natural's Real Agenda

Airs at: Mon, 09/26/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In recent years scientists have discovered that methane gas is 85 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. Yet the so-called natural gas industry (a euphemistic term for methane) has doubled down on promoting its product as a bridge fuel to ... Read more

Verde

Airs at: Mon, 09/19/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The Cully neighborhood in outer NE Portland is one of the most culturally diverse communities in Portland. And for many decades it has been the most overlooked and underserved community as well, with more than its share of poverty, and less than its share of environmental a... Read more

Portland's Proposed City Charter Change Part 3

Airs at: Mon, 09/12/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Now that election season is really upon us, it's a good time to take another look at the proposed changes to Portland's city charter, which will be on this November's ballot. These changes will be quite dramatic, not only changing our  city government from a commission to a... Read more

Changing Portland's City Government Encore

Airs at: Mon, 09/05/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program aired originally on August 1, 2022 This November Portland voters will have an opportunity to vote on a complex measure that would amend the city charter in some drastic ways. The changes include rank voting, expanding the city council to 12 members who would... Read more

The Last Days of the Dinosaurs encore

Airs at: Mon, 08/29/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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    THIS PROGRAM ORIGINALLY AIRED ON JUNE 27, 2022 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 over... Read more

Changing Portland's City Government, Part 2

Airs at: Mon, 08/22/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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This November Portland voters will have an opportunity to vote on a complex measure that would amend the city charter in some drastic ways. The changes include rank choice voting, expanding the city council to 12 members who would each represent one of four districts, and s... Read more

West Virginia v. EPA and the Rest of Us

Airs at: Mon, 08/15/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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This summer the U.S. Supreme court decided a trifecta of scary rulings on abortion, gun rights and environmental protection. So far, the repeal of Roe v. Wade has drawn the most attention but the other two rulings are equally concerning. On this episode of Locus Focus we t... Read more

Not Another Fracked Gas Pipeline Expansion!

Airs at: Mon, 08/08/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program originally aired on March 14, 2022 The Pacific Northwest has fought off two methanol refineries in Washington and an LNG Export terminal and pipeline in Coos Bay, but the fracked gas industry still has this region in its crosshairs. TC Energy is full steam ... Read more