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Post-Fire Timber Grab is Halted-Jordan Cove Defeated
After the 2020 Labor Day wildfires, the Willamette National Forest planned a massive logging project along 400 miles of forest roads and several thousand acres under a loophole called a categorical exclusion. If allowed to proceed, the agency would have moved forward with l...
6 days ago
The auto industry is promising that high tech-driving will deliver us from crashes, congestion and carbon emissions. Today the panacea is autonomous vehicles, but this vision is the latest in a long history of illusory futuramas that the auto industry has invented to get mo...
Nov 22, 2021
Why Hanford Does Not Need Anymore Nukes
This program originally aired on October 18, 2021 The Hanford Reservation is one of the most polluted places in the world. For over 40 years, the United States produced plutonium there for nuclear weapons, and released hundreds of billions of gallons of liquid chemical a...
Nov 15, 2021
Environmental Justice for Cully Neighborhood
The Cully neighborhood in NE Portland is one of Portland’s most racially diverse neighborhoods, with many children and families, and it’s a haven for urban farmers. But it is also home for some of Portland’s most polluting industries. Recently the Owens-Brockway glass recyc...
Nov 8, 2021
This program originally aired on September 20, 2021 Pollution, overconsumption, resource depletion, habitat destruction, overpopulation have all led to our current climate crisis. And power is at the core of the problems confronting humanity. How have human beings—one s...
Nov 1, 2021
Stopping the Post Fire Timber Grab
In the wake of 2020’s wildfires, the Willamette and the Umpqua National Forests have proposed hundreds of miles of 200 foot-wide linear clearcuts throughout the forest in the name of “hazard tree removal.” These projects would damage habitat for listed species, impair water...
Oct 25, 2021
The Forest Service Takes Bark's Advice
Over the summer, the Mt. Hood National Forest Service proposed cutting trees along over 200 miles of roads within the 2020 Riverside Fire area. Bark, a community organization who has trained hundreds of volunteers about the basics of forest policy and saved tens of thousan...
Oct 19, 2021
REBROADCAST: Why Hanford Does Not Need Anymore Nukes
The Hanford Reservation is one of the most polluted places in the world. For over 40 years, the United States produced plutonium there for nuclear weapons, and released hundreds of billions of gallons of liquid chemical and radioactive waste into the soil and groundwater. N...
Oct 11, 2021
When we think of spectacular landscapes we usually envision mountain ranges, lush rainforests or the Oregon Coast. But few people recognize the ecological splendor of swamplands – also known as peatlands. While they are just as globally significant as rain forests for their...
Oct 4, 2021
Speaking Truth to Power
Science has been under attack in a big way for the past few years. But while most of us are focusing on right wing attacks on mainstream science such as climate chaos and Covid vaccines, there is a longer history of scientists who are persecuted for challenging mainstream p...
Sep 27, 2021
Northwest Natural Gas and other fracked gas utilities are spending massive amounts of money on a campaign to promote so-called natural gas as a sustainable and carbon-free fuel for the future. But a recent report, “Methane Gas: Health, Safety, and Decarbonization,” tells a ...
Sep 20, 2021
Pollution, overconsumption, resource depletion, habitat destruction, overpopulation have all led to our current climate crisis. And power is at the core of the problems confronting humanity. How have human beings—one species among millions—become powerful enough to threaten...
Sep 13, 2021
Zenith Energy's Big Loss
On August 27 the City of Portland put the brakes on Zenith Energy's oil-by-rail storage and transfer facility in NW Portland by denying a Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS) for the facility. After relentless pressure from Portland residents, community organizations, a...
Sep 6, 2021
Oregon's Big Burn Anniversary
This week is the first anniversary of Oregon's Big Burn. A year later the impacts of the wild fires that raged across Western Oregon on Labor Day last year are still very much with us. But the gravest impact of all is the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Tra...
Aug 30, 2021
Time to Stop Zenith
This program originally aired on June 21, 2021. There have been several new developments since the original broadcast of this show, but the biggest news is that on Friday, August 27, Portland City Council denied Zenith's Land Use Compatibility Statement, blocking Zenith'...
Aug 23, 2021
Beaver Field Trip Along the North Fork Burnt River
This program was originally broadcast on July 19, 2021 Back in March we talked with Suzanne Fouty, a hydrologist who worked for Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in eastern Oregon as a water resource and soils specialist. One of her specialties is beaver and at that time s...
Aug 16, 2021
Living with Mega Wildfire Realities
Now that we’re in the midst of another mega fire season, we’re still feeling the impacts of last year’s unprecedented season of fire intensity, the like of which we have rarely seen. How do we cope with this new reality of climate chaos-induced wild fires and have we learne...
Aug 9, 2021
Portland's Hottest Spots
As the infamous Heat Dome peaked over Portland on June 28, Vivek Shandas, a professor at Portland State University, drove around the city using a thermal camera to measure the temperature in neighborhoods from the Pearl District to Gresham. He found that the hottest spot wa...
Aug 2, 2021
Oregon's Most Hopeful Legislative Session in Years
On July 27, Governor Kate Brown signed Oregon's 100 percent clean energy bill into law. This law requires Oregon energy companies to provide their customers with 100 percent clean electricity by 2040, an ambitious deadline matched only by the state of New York. This comes ...
Jul 26, 2021
Time to Remove the Snake River Dams
Four hydropower dams, built between 1962 and 1975, have transformed the lower Snake River into slack water reservoirs, deadly to salmon and the 137 other species that are critical to the salmon food chain. After decades of debate and legal challenges over the need to remove...