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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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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

Protecting Mature and Old Growth Forests

Airs at: Mon, 03/04/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, which oversee most of the nation’s Mature Old Growth forests, continue to defy overwhelming public support for protection, scientific calls for a moratorium on logging, and the presidents’ initial direction to develop conser... Read more

Fumes in Focus: Visualizing Air Pollution from Gas Stoves

Airs at: Mon, 02/19/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program originally aired on January 15, 2024 Lawmakers and advocates have called upon Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to launch an investigation into NW Natural for misleading consumers about the health impacts from gas. In their letter to Rosenblum they det... Read more

Portland's Climate Villains

Airs at: Mon, 02/12/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The environment and the climate are having a rough ride at Portland City Council and in the backrooms of the Oregon State Capitol. Less than a day before a hearing on a housing regulatory reform package, Portland City Commissioner Rene Gonzalez, working behind the scenes wi... Read more

Climate Justice and the Portland City Council Elections

Airs at: Mon, 02/05/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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This November Portland voters have the historic opportunity to elect a new city council that actually reflects the diversity of its constituents. In 2022 voters overwhelmingly supported a city charter change that transforms the structure of the city government, dividing the... Read more

The Portland Harbor Superfund Site

Airs at: Mon, 01/29/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The last 10 miles of the Willamette River have been designated as a Superfund Site, a federal designation for the worst contaminated areas in the United States. The North Reach of the Willamette is one of the most complex Superfund Sites in the country. This highly contamin... Read more

Why the War in Gaza is also a Climate Issue

Airs at: Mon, 01/22/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Before Hamas’s horrific attack on Israel on October 7 we were mainly aware of two existential threats: the impending death of democracy and climate catastrophe. But that attack and Israel’s unrelenting response has split our attention and overwhelmed us with a barrage of is... Read more

Fumes in Focus: Visualizing Air Pollution from Gas Stoves

Airs at: Mon, 01/15/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Lawmakers and advocates have called upon Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to launch an investigation into NW Natural for misleading consumers about the health impacts from gas. In their letter to Rosenblum they detail how NW Natural has taken a leaf from the tobacco ... Read more

The Northwest’s Looming Biomass Threat

Airs at: Mon, 01/08/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Woody biomass has become the fossil-fuel industry’s renewable, green savior but this source of energy is fraught with problems. British energy giant Drax has proposed building a wood biomass processing and export facility in Longview, Washington, that would use one million ... Read more

Salmonlands

Airs at: Mon, 01/01/2024 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program aired originally on September 4, 2023 Without the Salmon there would be no Pacific Northwest as we know it. Yet since 1991, most of the salmon runs in the Northwest have been listed as threatened or endangered. In 2005, I produced a documentary called Salmo... Read more