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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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Voices from the Edge of City Hall

Airs at: Mon, 03/25/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program aired originally on February 18, 2019 On the eve of her swearing in as Portland's first Black woman city council member, JoAnn Hardesty wrote to her supporters: "On Wednesday, January 2nd at 9 AM, I will be officially sworn into office and take on the great ... Read more

A Green New Deal

Airs at: Mon, 03/18/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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On March 15 students around the world are going on strike. Inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, they are walking out of school to demand meaningful and impactful action on climate change. With their futures at stake, young people are striking to call for... Read more

Why Natural Gas is Neither Natural nor Green

Airs at: Mon, 03/11/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program originally aired on February 11, 2019 As North America veers away from oil and coal, so-called natural gas is being promoted as a green bridge fuel to a renewable future. Such is the reasoning behind massive gas projects being proposed for the Pacific Northw... Read more

Oregon's Clean Energy Jobs Bill

Airs at: Mon, 03/04/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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More than a decade ago, Oregon began putting laws on the books to limit global warming pollution, but every time a bill is proposed to cap carbon emissions while growing a clean economy and job market, it has been blocked by major polluters' clout. This year, the state legi... Read more

Tribal Voices against Jordan Cove

Airs at: Mon, 02/25/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For more than 14 years, southern Oregon communities have been fighting a proposal to build the 229-mile Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline that would cross more than 400 rivers and streams on its way across Southern Oregon to the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal at the P... Read more

Voices from the Edge of City Hall

Airs at: Mon, 02/18/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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On the eve of her swearing in as Portland's first Black woman city council member, JoAnn Hardesty wrote to her supporters: "On Wednesday, January 2nd at 9 AM, I will be officially sworn into office and take on the great challenge ahead at City Hall.  While I have no doubt t... Read more

Why Natural Gas is Neither Natural nor Green

Airs at: Mon, 02/11/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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As North America veers away from oil and coal, so-called natural gas is being promoted as a green bridge fuel to a renewable future. Such is the reasoning behind massive gas projects being proposed for the Pacific Northwest, such as the world's largest methanol refinery in ... Read more

Kalama Methanol and the Chinese Connection

Airs at: Mon, 02/04/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In 2014, a Chinese-backed company, Northwest Innovation Works, announced that it planned to build the world's largest methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington. This methanol would be shipped to China where it would be processed into olefins to make plastic. Five years later ... Read more

These Are Strange Times, My Dear

Airs at: Mon, 01/28/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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It seems as if Americans have never before been involved in a situation where every day brings a loud new threat to our public order and to our commonwealth. Our executive branch demands our scrutiny on a daily, even hourly basis. We watch as America and much of the world g... Read more

Palm Oil - A Climate Disaster

Airs at: Mon, 01/21/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In the mid-2000s, Western nations, led by the United States, began drafting environmental laws that encouraged the use of vegetable oil in fuels. But this ambitious move to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and curb global warming, had unforeseen consequences. Warnings that t... Read more