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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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HOW TO CHANGE MINDS ABOUT OUR CHANGING CLIMATE

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
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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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
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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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
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.

Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
The health and safety concerns from fracking the Eagle Ford Shale Play in Texas.
THIS IS A REBROADCAST OF A PROGRAM THAT ORIGINALLY AIRED ON MARCH 3, 2014

Can Coal Ever Be Clean?

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Can carbon capture and sequestration reduce the carbon emissions of coal-fired power plants?
This is a rebroadcast of a program that originally aired on March 24, 2014

The Sixth Extinction: An Interview with author Elizabeth Kolbert

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
A conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert about the sixth mass extinction in our planet's history.
This is a rebroadcast of a program that originally aired on May 19, 2014

Part two: Portland forum on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Community forum in Portland on TPP & GMOs
Part two of a community forum recorded in Portland on June 19th 2014, on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its potential impact on local efforts to ban genetically modified organisms.

Featured speakers were Julia DeGraw of Food and Water Watch; Madelyn Elder from Communication Workers of America Local 7901; Elizabeth Swager with the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign

The first half of this forum aired on Monday August 11th at 10:15 am


Portland: TPP & GMOs - a Community Forum

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Community forum on the TPP
Part one of a community forum recorded in Portland on June 19th 2014, on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its potential impact on local efforts to ban genetically modified organisms.

Featured speakers were Julia DeGraw of Food and Water Watch; Madelyn Elder from Communication Workers of America Local 7901; Elizabeth Swager with the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign

The second half of this forum will be aired on Monday August 18th at 10:15 am

Locus Focus on 08/04/14

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Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Weekly interview show about our place on the planet.

Protecting Salmon from Pesticides

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
A lawsuit leads to an agreement to reinstate pesticide buffer zones to protect salmon streams
Pesticides are a danger to salmon. Pesticide toxicity impacts the viability of salmon streams and communities dependent on salmon fisheries. Recently a coalition of advocates for alternatives to pesticides, conservation organizations, and fishing groups reached a significant agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency that restores reasonable no-spray buffer zones to protect salmon and steelhead from five broad-spectrum insect killers—diazinon, chlorpyrifos, malathion, carbaryl, and methyl.

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Glen Lamb and the Columbia Land Trust

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Locus Focus
program date: 
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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Locus Focus
program date: 
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

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
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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Locus Focus
program date: 
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

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
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

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
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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Locus Focus
program date: 
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.

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