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Locus Focus

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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Locus Focus on 01/31/11

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Mon, 01/31/2011 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Being environmentally conscious and childfree by choice

GINK—Green Inclinations, No Kids
A Conversation with GRIST.ORG'S Lisa Hymas

According to a 2009 study by statisticians at Oregon State University, each child an American has increases his or her lifetime carbon emission by 570 percent—because kids are likely to one day have kids of their own and so on. With climate change already causing havoc around the globe and the world population poised to hit 7 billion this fall, some people are wondering whether a sane response is to skip parenthood altogether.

Locus Focus on 01/24/11

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Saving Oregon's sugar beet crop from Monsanto

Ground Zero in the Battle Over Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets

Roughly half of the nation’s sugar supply comes from sugar beets, and much of this seed is produced in Oregon. In 2007 the USDA started allowing genetically modified sugar beet seed to flood the market. Now 95% of the sugar beet crop is grown using seeds that have been genetically engineered to resist heavy spraying of the Monsanto pesticide Roundup. The Center for Food Safety and other advocacy groups sued to ban the beets, pointing out that an environmental impact statement has not yet been completed, as the law requires. Last November, a U.S.

Locus Focus on 01/17/11

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Mon, 01/17/2011 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Why are sustainable food systems essential for a sustainable city?

SUSTAINABLE FOOD IN A SUSTAINABLE CITY

Why is the city of Portland concerned about food policy issues? So, concerned in fact that the city's bureau of Planning and Sustainable devotes some of its resources to sustainable food programs like Urban Growth Bounty and the Better Together Garden at City Hall. On this episode of Locus Focus, we talk with Steve Cohen, who manages the city's food policy and programs, about the need for these programs, why they are essential to creating sustainable communities.

Locus Focus on 01/10/11

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Mon, 01/10/2011 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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How empathy can helps us to stay balanced with ourselves and the planet

HUMANITY ON A TIGHTROPE

Locus Focus on 01/03/11

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Mon, 01/03/2011 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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New York State's efforts to stop natural gas fracking

 HYDRAULIC FRACTURING THE MARCELLUS SHALE

Locus Focus on 12/27/10

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Mon, 12/27/2010 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Connections between climate change, extreme weather and how we use our landscapes

HEAVY WEATHER

Locus Focus on 12/20/10

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Mon, 12/20/2010 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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An update on the Big Pipe Project

THE EAST SIDE BIG PIPE PROJECT

For the past several years Portland's Environmental Services has been involved in the largest and most expensive public works project in the city's history: the Big Pipe. Since 2006 Rosie, the enormous tunnel boring machine, has been drilling a tunnel deep underground along the east bank of the Willamette River. When this project is finished in 2011, the volume of combined sewage and stormwater that now overflows to the river when it rains will be reduced by more than 94%.

Locus Focus on 12/13/10

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Mon, 12/13/2010 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Why temperate and boreal rainforests deserve our attention

TEMPERATE AND BOREAL RAINFORESTS OF THE WORLD

The rallying cry: "Save the rainforests" means to most people tropical rainforests in the Amazon or Borneo. But there is another class of rainforests that is just as unique and important to protect: temperate and boreal rainforests. These rainforests, like their tropical counterparts, are rich in plants and wildlife, while they also contain some of the most massive trees on Earth. And some of these forests are virtually in our own backyards.

Locus Focus on 12/06/10

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Mon, 12/06/2010 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Not all the election results will be bad for the environment.

What does Last Month's Election Mean for Northwest Climate Policy?

It's conventional wisdom that the new more heavily GOP configuration in Congress spells bad news for climate policy. There's some truth in that, but this week on Locus Focus we look at a more positive side to the story. In what has appeared to be an overall hostile political climate this fall, progressive approaches to climate policy still held their own in most elections across the Pacific Northwest and California.

Locus Focus on 11/29/10

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Mon, 11/29/2010 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Prospects for protecting the natural environment in a new political environment

What Becomes of the Environment under a New Congressional Regime?

In January a new congress takes over, with a reduced Democratic majority in the Senate and a lopsided Republican majority in the House. For the first time there will be an official House Caucus of Climate Change Deniers. In this new political environment, what prospects remain for continuing to maintain — let alone enhance — protection for the natural environment? And how can the United States provide any credible leadership in international negotiations to cutback greenhouse gas emisions when so many members of congress don't even believe that climate change is a real problem?

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Glen Lamb and the Columbia Land Trust

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Tue, 03/11/2008

Barbara Bernstein hosts "Post-Measure 49 Oregon, Part 2" with Glenn Lamb of the Columbia Land Trust (columbialandtrust.org). Learn what land trusts are, and how they can help save our environment. Find related information at the Land Trust Alliance (www.lta.org)

Sustainable Portland

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Tue, 03/04/2008

Host Barbara Bernstein spoke with Michael Armstrong, Deputy Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Portland about the greening of Portland.

Locus Focus with David Cole on Why America is Losing The War On Terror

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Tue, 02/26/2008

Today on Locus Focus, Barbara Bernstein talks with David Cole, Professor of Law, Georgetown University; Co-Author, Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terror (TheNewPress.com); Legal Affairs Correspondent, The Nation; Co-Chair, Liberty and Security Initiative & Checks and Balances Initiative, Constitution Project.

They'll discuss the Protect America Act which expired over the weekend with Bush threatening, “Because Congress failed to act, it will be harder for our government to keep you safe from terrorist attacks.” House Democrats refused to hold a vote on the Senate-approved legislation that would permanently expand the government’s eavesdropping authority and give immunity to telecommunications companies that helped the government monitor conversations. Cole says the rule of law is an asset not an obstacle in the struggle to keep us safe and free, we have given up many freedoms in the name of security but we are not safer.

Bob Stacey on Life After Measure 49

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Tue, 01/29/2008

Barbara Bernstein talks with Bob Stacey Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon (www.friends.org) about the landscape of Oregon land use law in a post-Measure 49 world. Bob and Barbara will discuss the Big Look, the New Look and the Blueprint for Oregon's Future.

Carbon Trade Watch

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Tue, 01/29/2008

Kevin Smith and Tamra Gilbertson, leading critics of international climate change policy and researchers with www.carbontradewatch.org will tell us what's wrong with carbon credits, how they do nothing to fight global warming, and even exacerbate the problem.

Peak Oil, Debt and the Economy

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Tue, 01/15/2008

Per Fagereng hosts talk radio this morning with special guest, Kurt Liebezeit, a local Peak Oil Activist. Listen to Per and Kurt discus Peak Oil and the Economy, while fielding questions, opinions, and discussions with our listening audience.

Gray To Green - Storm Water Management

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Tue, 01/08/2008

Host Barbara Bernstein invites Portland city officials onto her show to discuss the city's storm water management systems. Her guests today are Dean Marriott, Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services, and Lisa Libby, Sam Adams' Senior Environmental Policy Director. Questions were answered for the listening public, as well as plans for the future explained.

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