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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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Changing Portland's City Government, Part 1

Airs at: Mon, 08/01/2022 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 voting, expanding the city council to 12 members who would each represent one of four districts, and shifting... Read more

The Movement to Electrify Everything

Airs at: Mon, 07/25/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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As the climate warms and the need to reduce carbon emissions reaches a crisis level, two issues converge: how do we keep ourselves safely cool during extreme heat waves while also reducing our carbon emissions? On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Greer Ryan, Oregon ... Read more

Once a Braided River

Airs at: Mon, 07/18/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The Willamette River is the most industrialized and polluted river in Oregon. Weaving through the state's largest city, it has been reshaped and abused for 150 years. In 2000 the last 10 miles of the Willamette, home to the Portland Harbor and Critical Energy Infrastructure... Read more

Does Portland Need More Industrial Land?

Airs at: Mon, 07/11/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Portland and other Oregon municipalities are required to inventory their employment land periodically as part of the comprehensive planning process.  For decades the city has decided during each inventory process that it needs more industrial land. In the past, Portland ann... Read more

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