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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New Slow City: Living Simply in the World's Fastest City

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Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Living simply, slowly and sustainably in the world's fastest city.

Portland, Oregon has been described as the city where young people come to retire, a place that celebrates what is becoming known as the Leisure Ethic. But the Leisure Ethic is not really about retiring, but about finding a way to live more simply, quietly and slowly, in tune with nature and the cycles of life.

Saving the Tongass

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Mon, 11/10/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Saving the Tongass National Forest in SE Alaska, the most intact temperate rain forest in the world.
At 16.8 million acres, the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska is America’s largest national forest, and contains some of the most intact expanses of temperate rainforest remaining in the world today. In addition, the Tongass is a key contributor to long-term sequestration and storage of atmospheric carbon. But for decades the Tongass has also been a major source of old growth timber. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Dominick DellaSala, with the Geos Institute in Ashland, about the need to step up protections for the Tongass. DellaSala was among 200 scientists who recently sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak expressing their full support for a transition from old-growth to second-growth logging on the Tongass National Forest.

THE ONCE AND FUTURE WORLD with J.B. MacKinnon

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Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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The need to remember nature as it was in order to remake a wilder world.
This program was originally broadcast on October 28, 2013.

We now live in a new geologic era shaped more by human forces than those of nature. But the environmental crisis we face today, has been underway for hundreds of years. Ours is now a '10 percent world'—a planet with just one-tenth of its former abundance.

Journalist Kathryn Miles on her book SUPERSTORM: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy

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Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Journalist Kathryn Miles on her book SUPERSTORM: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy
Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with award-winning journalist Kathryn Miles, author of SUPERSTORM: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy, a moment-by-moment account of this catastrophic storm that took the nation by surprise. They'll talk about the fallibility of our weather forecasting systems, the impact of the lack of funding for research and development at the National Hurricane Center on forecasting future storms, why we’re behind other countries when it comes to weather warnings, and more.

GMO Labeling and Ballot Measure 92

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Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Why is big ag pumping in millions of dollars to defeat the Oregon Right to Know Act?
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Corporations like Monsanto and Pepisco are pumping millions of dollars into Oregon to defeat a measure on this election's ballot that would require labeling of genetically engineered raw and packaged food. Why is big ag so determined to stop GMO labeling? On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Julia DeGraw, with Food and Water Watch, about Oregon Ballot Measure 92. We define GMOs and talk about why people have a right to know what's in their food. We also talk about what the act will really do - as opposed to what the opposition is saying about it - and why big ag is trying to scare Oregonians into voting no.

The Bad Idea of Fracking, with Sandra Steingraber

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Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Sandra Steingraber talks about why fracking is not a sustainable solution to our energy needs.
REBROADCAST OF A PROGRAM ORIGINALLY AIRED ON FEBRUARY 25, 2013

CLIMATE CHANGE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER

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Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Yoram Bauman and Grady Klein show that climate change is no laughing matter-but maybe it should be
Sociologists have argued that we don't address global warming because it's too big and frightening to get our heads around. But if we don't take it seriously we're going to find ourselves and the planet in deep trouble. On this episode of Locus Focus we introduce a new tool kit that takes the intimidation and gloom out of one of the most complex and hotly debated challenges of our time. We talk with Yoram Bauman and Grady Klein, co-authors of The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change, which explains all the facets of this daunting issue with simplicity, clarity and lots of humor.

HOW TO CHANGE MINDS ABOUT OUR CHANGING CLIMATE

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Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Taking on climate change deniers by dismantling their pernicious misconceptions about climate change
During the past week we witnessed 400,000 people marching in the People's Climate March in New York City, while many more mobilized in cities around the world (including 4,000 in Portland). During the United Nations climate summit two days later President Obama gave a forceful speech challenging the rest of the world to seriously address climate change now. From just reading the news it would seem that the world is finally on board to confront the dire threats posed by a climate in chaos. But believe it or not there are still powerful forces out there trying to stop this movement through lies and obfuscation - and many of these people are members of the United States House of Representatives.

Oil Trains: Coming Through a Community Near You

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Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Eric de Place with Sightline institute provides updates on the latest developments with oil trains

We've been covering oil trains for awhile on Locus Focus but until recently most news outlets carried few if any stories about what has now grown into a major concern. Across the United States and Canada worry about the danger of these barely regulated trains carrying potentially explosive cargoes of Bakken crude oil has garnered increasing attention in the mainstream news. Meanwhile more and more oil trains are passing through communities throughout North America, particularly in the Northwest.

Louisiana: An Intersection of Impending Disasters

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Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Louisiana's impending crises: sea level rise, disappearing coastal wetlands and storm surges
In Louisiana the combined results of unfettered industrialization and climate change thrust the state toward ecological disaster. The region's impending environmental crises - sea level rise, disappearing coastal wetlands and the increasing threat of catastrophic hurricanes - have much to do with its intensely developed oil and gas infrastructure. This includes 250,000 oil and gas wells drilled across the state, 7,000 more oil wells developed off shore and over 10,000 miles of canals dredged to service the 50,000 oil wells interlacing coastal wetlands. While even the oil and gas industry acknowledges its role in creating this crisis, there is little political will to hold it accountable.

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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.

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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