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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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Rethinking and Reshaping Our Transportation System, with Rep. Khanh Pham

Airs at: Mon, 06/03/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Transportation generates the largest share of Oregon’s carbon emissions. It's one of the hardest sectors to decarbonize because it involves changing our daily lives. In order to achieve our climate goals, we need to not only drive less, but to act upon the realization that ... Read more

Gaslight: The Fight to Stop the Atlantic Coast PIpeline

Airs at: Mon, 05/27/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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While Oregonians were fighting to stop the behemoth Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Southern Oregon, communities in Virginia were facing a similar struggle to stop an even larger and longer pipeline that would have crossed the Blue Ridge Mount... Read more

Biomass is not a Climate Solution

Airs at: Mon, 05/20/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Drax, a major British global manufacturer of wood pellets for bioenergy, plans to build an industrial-scale wood pellet plant in Longview, Washington.. The proposed siting of the Longview facility, along with two proposed two large biomass mills in California, would mark a ... Read more

Dangerous Pipedreams

Airs at: Mon, 05/13/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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We are at the precipice of a climate emergency. If we do not seriously begin to cut our carbon emissions now we will be entering an uncharted territory of climate chaos. But instead of accelerating the adoption of verified and trusted climate solutions, governments and indu... Read more

Killing Salmon to Lose Money

Airs at: Mon, 05/06/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The Willamette River Basin once supported tremendous salmon runs. Today, less than 10,000 wild Chinook salmon return each year to the Upper Willamette River basin, approximately a 97% reduction of the historic estimates. And one of the main culprits for the threatened extin... Read more

Zenith's Planned Expansion Brings New Threats

Airs at: Mon, 04/29/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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After promising to ditch crude oil, documents show that Zenith Energy intends to expand its Portland, OR, terminal while continuing to handle fossil fuels. The amount of liquid fuels passing through the terminal is projected to increase more than 2.5 times above 2022 levels... Read more

Drax and the Downside of Biomass

Airs at: Mon, 04/22/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Woody Biomass is being promoted as a carbon neutral climate solution. Proposals for industrial scale wood pellet projects are popping up in California and Washington State, that claim they will help to protect forests and benefit rural communities—as well as combat climate ... Read more

Tree Sitting in the Poor Windy Timber Sale

Airs at: Mon, 04/15/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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On April 1, forest defenders launched a tree sit to stop old growth logging on federal Bureau of Land Management land in Southern Oregon. They are opposing the Poor Windy timber sale, which targets thousands of acres of mature and old growth forest. The timber sale is just ... Read more

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors at Hanford

Airs at: Mon, 04/08/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is one of the most polluted places on the planet. Its legacy from nearly a half-century of Plutonium production has left a toxic stew of radioactive and chemical waste that will remain hazardous for tens of thousands of years. But while the U... Read more

Adventures Along the Hydrogen Rainbow

Airs at: Mon, 04/01/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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We need to decarbonize as swiftly as possible and the most direct path is through electrification. We can make most of the electricity we need through proven green technologies like solar, wind and geothermal, yet the fossil fuel industry is hyping hydrogen as its preferred... Read more