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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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The Work that Garnered Portland PSR Leaders an Award

Airs at: Mon, 12/16/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Kelly Campbell and Regna Merritt with Portland Physicians for Social Responsibility recently received the “Visionary Leaders” award from the mational Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) organization. The Visionary Leaders Award recognizes individuals and organization... Read more

The World's Largest Methanol Refinery Hits a Roadblock

Airs at: Mon, 12/09/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For five years the small Washington state community of Kalama has been grappling with spectre of having the world's largest methanol refinery sited at their port. Northwest Innovation Works, a Chinese-backed company, has been trying with little luck to attain the necessary ... Read more

For the Birds - with Bob Sallinger

Airs at: Mon, 12/02/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In October the Audubon Society released a report stating that “Two-thirds of America’s birds are threatened with extinction from climate change, but keeping global temperatures down will help up to 76 percent of them." This follows a previous month's report that North Ameri... Read more

Rainforest: Dispatches from Earth’s Most Vital Frontlines

Airs at: Mon, 11/25/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Rainforests have long been recognized as hotspots of biodiversity—but they are crucial for our planet in other surprising ways. As these lungs, carbon sinks and climate moderators of our planet continue to be destroyed it is critical to reverse the decades of rainforest dep... Read more

Columbia Insight

Airs at: Mon, 11/18/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The Columbia River Gorge is a land of mountains, high desert plateaus, rivers, canyons, oak savannas, lush valleys and an amazing diversity of plant and animal life. And there's a lot going on in the Columbia Gorge - including some of the most significant environmental camp... Read more

Dammed To Extinction Part Two

Airs at: Mon, 11/11/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For centuries, three unique pods of orcas have hunted chinook salmon along the northwestern Pacific coast. Yet wild chinook salmon here are increasingly scarce. The orcas are going hungry, their numbers dwindling along with their primary source of food. Extinction looms for... Read more

The Amazon & the Health of the Planet

Airs at: Mon, 11/04/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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This year the world watched with alarm as the Amazon Rainforest burned. While news coverage of those fires has receded as attention shifts to the fires of impeachment, the Amazon is still burning. For many people around the world it is hard to fathom rainforests on fire, ye... Read more

Holding the Thin Green Line, Part Two

Airs at: Mon, 10/28/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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THE LONG AND TWISTED TALE OF JORDAN COVE tells the story of what could be the largest Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export terminal on the West Coast. This mammoth facility, proposed for Coos Bay, Oregon, would be fed by a 229 mile long, 36" wide pipeline transporting fracked ga... Read more

Holding the Thin Green Line, Part One

Airs at: Mon, 10/21/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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As the fossil fuel industry increases pressure to turn the Pacific Northwest into a fossil fuel hub, a Thin Green Line stands in its way. Now that communities across the region have stopped numerous coal and oil projects, the industry is pushing even harder to build the Wes... Read more

On Fire with Naomi Klein

Airs at: Mon, 10/14/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For more than twenty years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on both people and planet—and an unapologetic champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with justice at its center. In her latest book On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Gree... Read more