Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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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

'Beach nourishment' fights human-caused erosion of LA beaches

The beautiful sands of our beaches are a key draw for tourists. But the beaches need 'nourishment' to combat human-caused erosion.

Is ridesharing the future of public transit, or its failure?

Transit policy experts, advocates and environmentalists are interested in what regulators say about ridesharing services such as Uber, Sidecar and Lyft.

Rip out your lawn, then rip open an envelope of cash in LA

Four years into the program, the L.A. Department of Water and Power has upped how much you'll be paid to replace your lawn, from $1.50 a square foot to $2.

Brightsource kills solar project in Riverside

The developer has cancelled plans to build the large Rio Mesa project, dimming its prospects for getting more large scale solar to the grid.

California plans to cut toxic waste in half by 2025

California dumps a million tons of hazardous waste in landfills each year, but a top state regulator says she wants to cut that amount in half within a dozen years.

Los Angeles' large-scale solar rooftop project begins Wednesday

On Wednesday, civic leaders flip the switch on a solar array at a North Hollywood apartment complex. It's the first project to sell solar power to DWP under a buyback program.

LA City Council votes to ban plastic grocery bags (map)

On an 11-1 vote, the Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to tentatively approve a plan to phase out single-use plastic bags.

Superior Court judge rules Exide's Vernon plant can reopen

A judge has ruled that a battery recycling plant in Vernon can reopen despite being closed by the state as a public health threat.

UCLA: Climate change will cut snow 40 percent by mid-century

A UCLA used global climate models to project huge drops in the LA region’s snowfall on low-elevation mountains within 30 years, whether humans cut carbon or not.

Supreme Court leaves main part of Port of LA's Clean Trucks Program alone

The Supreme Court's opinion won't end the Clean Trucks Program, but it won't make LA's model for cleaning up air pollution seem attractive to other public ports.

Supreme Court overturns part of Port of LA smog plan (Full decision)

The port tried to restrict the types of trucks that can haul goods at its terminals, but justices struck down part of the Clean Trucks Program. Read the whole decision here.

PUC set to decide whether to put big transmission lines under Chino Hills

The Public Utilities Commission is set to decide in July whether Edison should place high-voltage transmission lines underground through part of Chino Hills.

Vernon battery plant owner files for bankruptcy protection

Exide Technologies' stock has dropped to pennies over the last year as declining scrap metal values, tough competition and regulatory troubles battered the company.

Is DWP's large-scale solar program working?

Six months in to the LA Department of Water and Power’s “feed-in tariff” solar power program, the jury’s still out about whether the program’s working.

Three lawsuits to block BNSF's port-to-rail transfer project

The Natural Resources Defense Council and the City of Long Beach long threatened suits over the BNSF-backed project. Air regulators have now filed a complaint too.