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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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Falter with Bill McKibben

Airs at: Mon, 05/27/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change in his groundbreaking book The End of Nature, which was the first book to alert us to global warming. In his latest book FALTER: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? McKibben wa... Read more

Trump Threatens to Cut EPA Budget Once Again

Airs at: Mon, 05/20/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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President Donald Trump delivered his budget roadmap with a promise to balance the budget in 15 years, and once again, the Environmental Protection Agency found itself in the Trump administration’s crosshairs, with the White House proposing to slash its budget by 31 percent.... Read more

What a Week in the Fossil Fuel Fight!

Airs at: Mon, 05/13/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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This past week the Pacific Northwest's three largest fracked gas projects faced major setbacks. In Oregon the Department of Environmental Quality issued a resounding denial of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project and the Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline, which have fa... Read more

Trump's Attack on State Environmental Regulations

Airs at: Mon, 05/06/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Without giving notice to Tribes, water quality advocates, citizens or fishing families, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to revoke its own 2016 rule that ensures protective standards for Washington State’s citizens. If finalized, the proposed r... Read more

Stopping Tar Sands Oil Trains in Portland

Airs at: Mon, 04/29/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Last year, Zenith Energy in NW Portland, quietly began exporting tar sands oil from its Willamette River facility. Now Zenith Energy is expanding its facility so that it can handle more than three times the number of oil train cars that currently pass through the city.This ... Read more

Clean Energy Jobs Earth Day Update

Airs at: Mon, 04/22/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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This Earth Day was supposed to be the day that Oregon's Clean Energy Jobs bill was signed into law. Instead, while industry groups try to water down the bill, environmental groups are still lobbying Oregon legislators to pass the strongest law possible. They are being urged... Read more

Grain by Grain

Airs at: Mon, 04/15/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Little did he know, that grain would change his life. Years later, after finishing a PhD in plant biochemistry, Bob began experimenting with organic wheat on his family’s farm ... Read more

The Grand Food Bargain

Airs at: Mon, 04/08/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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When it comes to food, Americans seem to have a pretty great deal. Our grocery stores are overflowing with countless varieties of convenient products. Over time this system has encouraged us to know less and less about where our food comes from and permitted us to expect mo... Read more

Portland's Sacrifice Zones

Airs at: Mon, 04/01/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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A “Sacrifice Zone” is a place where dangerous pollution, waste and “undesirable impacts” of urban living is deposited, creating a myth that the land is not valuable and that no one of importance lives there. In the years, since Lewis and Clark, made their way up the Willame... Read more

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