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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The Columbia River Crossing Roars Back to Life

Airs at: Mon, 01/03/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In 2014 it was the Columbia River Crossing, a 16-lane bridge carrying Interstate 5 traffic across the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington. After 8 years and almost $200 million in studies, planning and acrimonious debate, the proposed project fell apart. But now it... Read more

Reflections on a Trying Year

Airs at: Mon, 12/27/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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A year ago, we let go of 2020 with the hopes for a much better 2021. And 2021 started out promising, for the first five days. Then came the Capitol Insurrection, the Republican surrender to total Trumpism, record-breaking weather disasters, disastrous fires and two new surg... Read more

Port Westward: The Last Hope for a Methanol Refinery in the NW

Airs at: Mon, 12/20/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Last June, the long embattled methanol refinery that was proposed for the Port of Kalama, Washington, was finally defeated. Northwest Innovation Works, the Chinese-backed company behind this project, originally proposed to build three of the world's largest methaol refineri... Read more

Jordan Cove's Definitive Demise

Airs at: Mon, 12/13/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For the past 17 years, people across Southern Oregon have lived with the threat of the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal proposed for Coos Bay, and its companion Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, a 36” pipeline that would have traversed 230 miles of Southern Oregon. On December... Read more

Post-Fire Timber Grab is Halted-Jordan Cove Defeated

Airs at: Mon, 12/06/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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After the 2020 Labor Day wildfires, the Willamette National Forest planned a massive logging project along 400 miles of forest roads and several thousand acres under a loophole called a categorical exclusion. If allowed to proceed, the agency would have moved forward with l... Read more

Autonorama

Airs at: Mon, 11/29/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The auto industry is promising that high tech-driving will deliver us from crashes, congestion and carbon emissions. Today the panacea is autonomous vehicles, but this vision is the latest in a long history of illusory futuramas that the auto industry has invented to get mo... Read more

Why Hanford Does Not Need Anymore Nukes

Airs at: Mon, 11/22/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program originally aired on October 18, 2021 The Hanford Reservation is one of the most polluted places in the world. For over 40 years, the United States produced plutonium there for nuclear weapons, and released hundreds of billions of gallons of liquid chemical a... Read more

Environmental Justice for Cully Neighborhood

Airs at: Mon, 11/15/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The Cully neighborhood in NE Portland is one of Portland’s most racially diverse neighborhoods, with many children and families, and it’s a haven for urban farmers. But it is also home for some of Portland’s most polluting industries. Recently the Owens-Brockway glass recyc... Read more

Power

Airs at: Mon, 11/08/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program originally aired on September 20, 2021 Pollution, overconsumption, resource depletion, habitat destruction, overpopulation have all led to our current climate crisis. And power is at the core of the problems confronting humanity. How have human beings—one s... Read more

Stopping the Post Fire Timber Grab

Airs at: Mon, 11/01/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In the wake of 2020’s wildfires, the Willamette and the Umpqua National Forests have proposed hundreds of miles of 200 foot-wide linear clearcuts throughout the forest in the name of “hazard tree removal.” These projects would damage habitat for listed species, impair water... Read more