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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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Tacoma on the Front Lines

Airs at: Mon, 06/25/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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According to Sightline Institute Tacoma, Washington is the major frontline community in the fight to stop fossil fuel development in the Northwest. After vehemently rejecting a proposal to build the world's largest methanol refinery at the Port of Tacoma, citizens are now t... Read more

Pacific Northwest in the Tar Sands Crosshairs

Airs at: Mon, 06/18/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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It seems likely that the Canadian province of Alberta—home to a massive tar sands industry that produces some of the globe’s dirtiest and most polluting oil—has put the Pacific Northwest in its crosshairs. The province is partnering with the Canadian government, who recentl... Read more

Portland Clean Energy Fund

Airs at: Mon, 06/11/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Cities all over the world are taking the lead on responding to climate change. In the United States over 1,000 Mayors have signed the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Unfortunately there is a lack of funding at the local level to implement the types of renewable energy ... Read more

Protecting the Wild Side of Mt. Hood

Airs at: Mon, 06/04/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Since the 1970s, Mt. Hood Meadows has made multiple attempts to site a destination resort on the North side of Mt. Hood. Local citizens, conservation groups, recreation clubs and communities around Mt. Hood have repeatedly opposed these efforts. After decades of dispute, Co... Read more

Mount St. Helens @38

Airs at: Mon, 05/28/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Every May 18, I spend time remembering the eruption of Mt. St. Helens that day in 1980. But this year I had the opportunity to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the eruption by hiking the Hummocks Trail in the blast zone on the mountain’s north face with Pacific Northwest... Read more

CAFOS on the Columbia

Airs at: Mon, 05/21/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Last year thousands of Columbia Riverkeeper members and others called on Governor Brown and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to protect the Columbia River and rural communities from factory farm pollution. They didn’t listen. In March of 2017, Oregon gave the ... Read more

Western States vs. Wolves

Airs at: Mon, 05/14/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife issued its first order and permit to kill up to 4 wolves this year in early April, after wolves in Eastern Oregon’s newest wolf pack, the Pine Creek Pack, killed three calves and injured four more in Baker County. This kill order was g... Read more

Our Native Bees

Airs at: Mon, 05/07/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In 2015, President Barack Obama issued a plan to restore 7 million acres of land for pollinators and called it the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. While that was a good start, it doesn't address the 4,000 species of native bees i... Read more

Silent Spring 56 Years Later

Airs at: Mon, 04/30/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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A devastating expose of the harmful effects of synthetic pesticides, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was an unlikely bestseller when published in the fall of 1962. Immersing herself in a dauntingly wide-ranging body of technical and scientific evidence, Carson turned a series... Read more

Oil Spills at the Dams

Airs at: Mon, 04/23/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Late this past winter, the Army Corps of Engineers spilled about 474 gallons of turbine oil into the Columbia River at The Dalles Dam. This is not the first time that dam turbine oil has spilled into the river. Oil spills occur on a routine basis at Columbia and Snake river... Read more