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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The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Four Years Later with Charles Johnson of PSR

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Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Four Years Later with Charles Johnson of PSR
On March 11 of this year, exactly four years after the devastating nuclear disaster in Japan, Charles Johnson of Physicians for Social Responsibility talked about the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the result of a major earthquake.

Winning Grassroots Campaigns on a Shoestring Budget: Jackson and Josephine Counties

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Mon, 04/06/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Winning Grassroots Campaigns on a Shoestring Budget: Jackson and Josephine Counties

A roundtable discussion from the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference held at the University of Oregon Law School in early March. Panelists include attorney Brent Foster; George Kimbrell, Senior Attorney, Center for Food Safety; Chris Hardy, Farmer, Our Family Farms Coalition, Village Farm; and more.

(Recorded by Paul Roland)

Reforesting the Tropics

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Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Stopping the spread of tropical deforestation and promoting reforestation as well
Since the dawn of civilization, humans have destroyed or badly damaged perhaps three-quarters of the world’s forests. While forests have been re-established in many regions across the Northern Hemisphere they are under increasing assault in the tropics. On this episode of Locus Focus we speak with Rolf Skar, Forests Campaign Director of Greenpeace, about efforts to stop the spread of tropical deforestation and initiatives to promote reforestation as well.

Jackson County's Anti-GMO Ordinance Goes to Court

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Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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An update on the lawsuit challenging Jackson County's anti-GMO ordinance.
In May 2014, voters in Jackson County overwhelmingly approved Measure 15-119, banning most GMO crops in the county. The bi-partisan victory came despite a wave of opposition funding from the chemical industry, topping out at nearly $1 million. Now these same biotechnology interests are challenging the ordinance in court

On this episode of Locus Focus we talk about the status of this lawsuit  with Elise Higley, Jackson County farmer and director of Our Family Farms Coalition, the organization that spearheaded the anti-GMO ordinance last fall.

STORM SURGE

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Mon, 03/16/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Scientist Adam Sobel on what what Hurricane Sandy means for the future of our planaet
Two years after Hurricane Sandy tore a swath of destruction and death across the Northeast, one haunting question remains: was it a freak of nature or was this devastating catastrophe a harbinger of what’s to come? On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with scientist Adam Sobel, author of STORM SURGE: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and the Extreme Weather of the Past and Future, about what this unprecedented megastorm means for the future of our planet.

Adam Sobel is a leading scientist in the study of hurricanes and the changing climate. He has authored or co-authored over 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and he has won several major awards.

The Koch Brothers and the Pacific Northwest

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Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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What the Koch Brothers have in store for the Pacific Northwest
Billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, two of the richest people in the world, bankroll a network of organizations whose agenda is to gain indisputable control of the nation's political process. Their money supports efforts to undermine everything from social security to the environment. In the Pacific Northwest they work in tandem with large corporations like the oil giant Tesoro, to rewrite statutes and regulations that protect the region from unfettered petrochemical development. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Eric de Place, policy director with the Sightline Institute in Seattle, about the Koch Brothers' designs on the Northwest and what communities must do to stop them.

Propane In Portland

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Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Opposition to Pembina's plan to build a propane export terminal on the Columbia River
The largest pipeline company in the Alberta tar sands mining industry, Pembina, wants to export propane (a form of liquefied petroleum gas) from the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 on the Columbia River to Asian markets. Pembina’s proposal for this terminal on Hayden Island would create: more profits for fracking and tar sands companies; more mile‐long unit trains of explosive propane cutting through our communities; dangerous, pressurized propane storage tanks endangering workers and neighborhoods; and propane supertankers on the Columbia River. The irony is that Pembina’s proposal comes at a time when the City of Portland is attempting to establish itself as a leader in climate policies and sustainability.

Keeping Nestlé Out of the Gorge

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Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Julia DeGraw with Food and Water Watch on the campaign to keep Nestlé out of the Columbia Gorge
Nestlé has been attempting for more than five years to gain access to spring water used for a fish hatchery by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife so they can establish a bottled water plant near Cascade Locks. In the face of intense public opposition to Nestlé's initial proposal, the company has come up with a new scheme that bypasses the public interest review requirement.

On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Julia DeGraw, Northwest Organizer for Food and Water Watch, who has been organizing opposition to Nestlé's plan to build a bottled water plant in the Columbia Gorge.

WHERE THE DEAD PAUSE AND THE JAPANESE SAY GOODBYE

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Mon, 02/16/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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A look at Japanese culture and spirituality in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s family owns a Buddhist temple 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In March 2011, after the earthquake and tsunami, radiation levels prohibited the burial of her Japanese grandfather’s bones. At the same time, Mockett grieved for her American father, who had died unexpectedly. As Japan mourned thousands of people lost in the disaster, she wondered: how does one cope with overwhelming grief?

On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Mockett about her voyage through Japanese culture and spirituality in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that shook the country to its core.

Of Ice and Men: A Conversation with McKenzie Funk

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Mon, 02/09/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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McKenzie Funk on Shell Oil's disastrous efforts to drill for oil off the coast of northern Alaska

With the world’s easy oil supplies tapped out, the energy giant Royal Dutch Shell made an urgent, $6 billion bet on finding new reserves in one of Earth’s wildest environments—the frigid Arctic Ocean off Alaska. But the hunt for extreme oil pushed the world's biggest company past its limits, and was ultimately met with disaster.

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The Three Trillion Dollar War

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Tue, 03/25/2008

Host Barbara Bernstein speaks with Linda Bilmes, co-author of The Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict ( W. W. Norton, 2008).

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.

Comments

Global Warming

Barbara, I hope you might forward my comments to your guest. I was only able to listen to part of today's program but I am very interested. I want to raise my concerns about two prevailing frames that arise on your show and throughout serious discussion of climate change that I believe do great damage to the efforts to raise the awareness of the public and help them understand the urgency needed when addressing this issue.
First is the frame that global warming is happening slowly and will continue to do so. I do not believe the facts support such an assertion and not only does no one know that warming will not suddenly serge forward it seems to be doing exactly that. A report out last week raised the projected temperature for the planet by the end of the century to 9F from 4F degrees. That means that we are going to hit 4F by---2040? Until recently no one imagined the arctic ice cap could melt in anything like our lifetimes but in fact it will and it may do so as soon as 2013! The problem with the frames that give people the impression that GW is a slow process is that it provides fauls comfort, "Oh, technology will fix it before it happens," or "It is not my problem." Neither one is the case but too many people still think that way. So please start using a different frame from "by the end of the century," or “future generations." Instead say "within our life times," and stress the urgency. After all it is much more accurate to say catastrophic climate change is happening right now.

The second frame is that one cannot attribute any given weather event to global warming. That is only partly true. In fact one might say that you cannot not attribute any given weather event to climate change such is the post-industrial influence on the pre-industrial trajectory of the climate---we have departed the Holocene and are in the Antropocene some scientist tell us. It is like a basketball launched toward a basket that gets tipped by one of the players. Its trajectory is for ever changed. I think it is more accurate to say that the weather everywhere and everyday has been influence to some degree by GW. This is important because the frame that one cannot tell if an event is caused by climate change is asking them not to believe there own "eyes," experiences, or impressions which are often very astute. For instance in Oklahoma where I grew up we used to have thunderstorms in April and the 100F days did not come until late July. This year they had wild fires near Oklahoma City in April and the temperatures have been in the hundreds throughout much of this June---that has increasingly become the trend and is consistent with climate change projections. Now Oklahomans should by all rights believe that what they are experiencing is in fact global warming. It may be noted that Inhofe is a Senator from Oklahoma and one of the most radical global warming deniers and obstructionist in government.
I have been keeping up with this issue for a long time now and am alarmed at the rapidity that things are taking place. I truly believe we are probably in for crop failures, water shortages, and mass migrations here in North America, in this country, within our lifetimes and whereas I think there is a fine line to be drawn to not panic or send people into despair I think scientist tend to be much too measured in their statements. It is as though there is smoke billowing out of the projection room and the scientists don’t want be caught dead yelling fire in a crowded theater because there is no "proof" that there is in fact a fire.
Scientist have long dismissed the near term risk of a methane/co2 release from the arctic or the ocean meanwhile there is growing indications that that is exactly what is happening. As a NASA scientist you should know that a huge methane release was detected on Mars a few years ago and that is within a much more static system than ours----that should give us pause!
The public needs to be prepared in case there is a sudden spike in methane from the Arctic so I hope in the future Barbara you will direct your discussions of climate change toward the rapidity of changes already taking place and the potential danger of being too complacent and smug about what we know and what we think we do or do not know. Thank you.

Global Warming

I recently interviewed Phil Mote who has replaced climate change denier George Taylor as Oregon's State Climatologist. Like any careful scientist Mote does not feel comfortable attributing specific weather events to climate change. But he gave me a analogy that I like: It's like playing Russian Roulette and adding a second bullet to the chamber of the revolver. If you blow your head off it doesn't really matter whether it was the original bullet or added bullet that did you in.

Solar Energy

I echo Bruce's concerns and add commentary based on  Mon - 14 - Sep show.

While I support solar energy, I warn against pie-in-the-sky proposals that make it sound like we can find new sources to keep living our wasteful lives. The scale of the problem is lost when we pretend that putting solar panels on 100 roofs signifies real change.

There is some hope to be found in using solar power efficiently. This does NOT include powering electric resistance heaters with photovoltaics. It does mean passive solar heating, solar hot water, and solar clothes driers (AKA clotheslines).

When you have used conservation and innovation to convert the wasteful electric grid into a sustainable system, then we can begin the conversation about supplimenting the system for our transportation problems. Until then, the only real sustainable alternatives to petroleum are wind, human, and animal powered vehicles. Coal and nuclear, the primary sources of new electricity, are polluting uses of nonrenewable resources.

Walk, ride a bicycle, sail (without motor), and use horse and ox cart, if you are truly concerned about the serious threat of climate change. Park your car forever. We cannot afford cars any longer.

- Vernon Huffman

   Corvallis, OR

today's show & "socialism"

i think now is a good time to talk more about what socialism actually is - common ownership of the means of production - and what is is not - redistributing wealth. you are right to continue pointing out that what obama is talking about is a progressive tax structure, not socialism.

the progressive tax idea actually comes from adam smith himself, "It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion." [from book 5, ch.2 on taxes]

Intro Music

The intro music to Locus Focus is a song by Hugh Masakela called "Change." It's on his album "Time," which came out a few years ago. I plan on playing the song each week until Robert Mugabe relinquishes power in Zimbabwe.

brain gender

Did you see the piece in the NY Times re schizophrenia and autism having possible roots in parental dna - that is mother mix:father's mix? That is female characteristics manifesting as schizophrenia from mother dna and autistic characteristics from father's?

 

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