Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent
Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.
Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."
A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.
Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.
She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.
Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.
Stories by Molly Peterson
While California as a whole has been meeting the statewide mandate for water reduction, some local water districts are working to rein in their biggest water users.
The deal follows a turbulent year for the 750-acre facility, which saw an explosion in February and intense regulatory scrutiny including fines for flagrant violations.
UCLA researchers have mashed up census data, property information and electricity use to create an interactive database offering a rare glimpse into localized energy usage.
Less than a year after voters approved an unprecedented $7.5 billion for water projects, some environmentalists already say it's time for another bond.
The county’s largest treatment plants sit at sea level, perfectly positioned to pump hundreds of billions of gallons of treated sewage out to sea.
California's 19th Century water rights system has led to plenty of fighting over the decades. Australia shows olive branches can sprout from drought.
The new regulations come in response to growing concerns about the possible health effects of noxious fumes wafting into neighborhoods from oil and gas facilities.
Among the top-performing suppliers were Golden State Water Company Simi Valley, with a reduction of 40 percent, and the cities of Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and West Sacramento.
Sea levels along the West Coast have fallen over the past 20 years because of long-term natural cycles. Researchers say there are now signs those cycles are reversing course.
The girl from Mecca in the Coachella Valley grew up feeling the effects of air pollution. Now she's busy organizing other teens to lobby public officials on the issue.
State toxics regulators pull funds from other projects to start cleanup in expanded area around the shuttered Vernon plant while looking for more money.
At a community meeting Thursday, California regulators announced that they'll begin immediate clean-up of homes contaminated by lead.
Newly-disclosed soil sampling around the now-shuttered Exide lead-battery recycling facility suggests a much larger area may be affected by legacy pollution from the plant.
Warming Pacific waters make the chances of the climate pattern a near certainty, but it's still unclear what effect El Niño will have on California's epic drought.
In its latest response to the drought, the California Energy Commission has voted to set the toughest efficiency standards in the country for shower heads.