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

Acidic ocean dissolving key marine snails along West Coast

Federal scientists have found the first evidence that changing ocean chemistry is harming pteropods, delicate marine snails that feed West Coast fish.

New financial index aims to ease fossil fuel divestment

London-based FTSE index and BlackRock Investments team up with environmentalist to create the new benchmark.

California Drought News: Fewer fish, jobs; more enforcement

Monday's news schools you with science, saddens you with species loss, and warns you that your local utility may be watching and commenting on your water use.

Brown issues executive order to boost state's drought response

While the governor’s order includes language about what private water users “should” do, no part of the declaration imposes mandatory restrictions.

California Drought News: Rats get fat; state fully in drought

Friday's news finds the whole state in the same boat together. Except there's no water. And we may or may not have a paddle. Don't jump overboard.

Exide lays off more than 120 employees at Vernon plant

The layoff notices for salaried and unionized workers are temporary, but Exide isn't saying whether it will meet environmental deadlines or re-open.

California Drought News: Thirsty crops, and thrifty lawns?

Monday's news reports on farming around the state - like I did in the 4th grade. And one story raises the possibility of smarter water use on your grass.

Drought: State water contractors get 5 percent: What does that mean?

The late spring storms have translated into much needed water supplies for communities, farmers and environmental habitat, said the Department of Water Resources.

LA, Great Basin continue dust-up over Owens lake pollution

Regional air officials and the Department of Water and Power will square off over L.A.’s responsibilities to control pollution swept off of the dry Owens lakebed.

California Drought News: Wildfire, groundwater, Chipotle burrito returns

Also, Friday's news really doesn't understand Portland. That's a lot of water to let go down the drain, especially with fire season around the corner.

Appeals panel halts long-term Delta water contracts

The ruling stems from a dispute involving the delta smelt and is welcomed by environmentalists seeking to protect the tiny fish that are the length of your finger.

California Drought News: Red-hot wells, and purple pipe green

The Central Valley sends ravens with news, but it's news that sure sounds like strategies and tactics southern California has heard before.

Pitzer College, Robert Redford announce plan to 'go fossil-free'

The move makes Pitzer the first college in Southern California to commit to climate divestment, and the largest endowment in higher education to do so to date.

Air regulators up efforts to shutter Exide's Vernon plant

Pointing to almost two dozen recent violations of lead standards, the AQMD seeks to stop maintenance work at the already-closed Exide Technologies plant in Vernon.

California Drought News: Fracking, flying and pricing

Friday's news reminds us that there are winners and losers in the drought - some of whom you wouldn't guess at, like birds near a naval air station.