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 09/16/13

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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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A look back at this past summer's fire and flood season

 

 

FIRE, WATER & BRIMSTONE

Locus Focus on 09/09/13

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Coal and oil trains, pipelines and terminals proproposed for the Pacifid NW - with Eric de Place

COAL TRAINS, OIL TRAINS, PIPELINES coming through the Pacific Northwest

This summer the port of Vancouver, Washington approved plans to build a terminal for oil trains, over widespread opposition from the community. Meanwhile anti-coal activists are still trying to fend off three proposed coal terminals in Oregon and Washington and Kinder Morgan is going ahead promoting its plan to enlarge and extend its Trans Mountain Pipeline that carries tar sands crude from Alberta to Burnaby, BC. If they have their way the Georgia Strait and Strait of San Juan de Fuca will become a shipping channel for scores of super tankers, carrying the heavy oil to refineries in California.

Locus Focus on 09/02/13

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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Helen Caldicott on Nuclear Power, Radiation & Our Health (Recorded in Taiwan on 7/7/13

From the series TUC Radio we hear Dr. Helen Caldicott's keynote presentation at a public forum in Taipei, Taiwan, on July 7, 2013. The organizer was an antinuclear alliance of mothers called Mom Loves Taiwan. They are campaigning to prevent the opening of yet another nuclear power plant on that small island and invited Dr. Helen Caldicott to help inform the public and the media.
 

Locus Focus on 08/26/13

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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Weekly interview show about our place on the planet.

Guest host Ross Freeman Levin invited local activist Pierre to discuss his efforts to end oppression in modern culture. They talked about uncompromising environmental activism, corporate greed, police repression, prison abolition and efforts to liberate the earth from capitalist dominance. Some links related to show content appear below.

http://earthfirstjournal.org/

http://katuahearthfirst.org/

http://oregonjericho.wordpress.com/

Locus Focus on 08/19/13

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Mon, 08/19/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Never Again Enough: Field Notes From a Drying West
Never Again Enough: Field Notes From a Drying West

Guest host Per Fagereng interviews environmentalist and writer William deBuys, author of the definitive book on the parching of the West, "A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest." They discuss deBuys' recent article, "Never Again Enough: Field Notes From a Drying West.”  This is another in his series of reports -- the last was “Exodus from Phoenix” -- on facing the new weather and climate-change world we are living in. http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175730/

Locus Focus on 08/12/13

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Mon, 08/12/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Earth Overshoot Day is expected on August 19th
Earth Overshoot Day is expected on August 19th

Per Fagereng guest hosts. His guest is Dave Gardner, Producer/Director/Writer of GrowthBusters.

Locus Focus on 08/05/13

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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Post-Fukushima Food Monitoring and: Gender Matters in the Atomic Age
Barbara Bernstein is off this month.

Locus Focus on 07/29/13

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Mon, 07/29/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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How climate change is helping to shape a new and more extreme fire regimes across the world.

WILDFIRES, EXTREME DROUGHT AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Fire season is now upon us and across much of the western United States wild fires are burning out of control. Why are droughts becoming more extreme and how do they contribute to the severity of wild fires? On this episode of Locus Focus, as smoke rises from grassland fires in Central Washington, we talk with Dominik Kulakowski, a specialist in wildfires and disturbance ecology, about how climate change is helping to shape a new and more extreme fire regimes across the world.

Locus Focus on 07/22/13

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Mon, 07/22/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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The cumulative effects of shipping millions of tons of coal via train from MT and WY

COAL AWAY!

Locus Focus on 07/15/13

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Mon, 07/15/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Gardening for year-round eating and preserving the harvest with Living City

EATING FROM YOUR GARDEN YEAR ROUND - With Living City

Though summer is just starting, it's already time to be thinking about what you'll be eating next winter. On this episode of Locus Focus, Sarah Canterberry and Rachel Freifelder with Living City join us to talk about what you can plant between now and fall to feed yourself this winter. We'll also learn about how to create a a resilient food system through the ancient practice of preserving food through fermentation and drying.

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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