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

Chinatown's 40th anniversary is the hottest year on record

Good news for people who like bad news: June is when drought news stops being about the hope of rainfall, and becomes about the fear of wildfire.

Toxics regulators give Exide 30 days to fix permit problems (Update)

Troubled lead battery recycler, Exide Technologies, will lose permission to handle hazardous waste in Vernon unless it fixes problems in its application to do so.

Drought News: No guarantee of a wet winter, says UC Davis

It's okay to hope for things, like strong U.S. play against Ghana in the World Cup. Today's news reminds us that hope can't fix a drought, and rain might not come.

Drought News: Big questions and short-term memory loss

Could California conserve its way out of the drought? Or will we rely on El Niño to save us? And does anyone remember that it was really hot about a month ago?

44 toxic chemicals used in local oil and gas operations, report says

Forty-four of the chemicals are considered "air toxics" and are used in "fracking" and "acidizing" operations in L.A. and Orange counties, the report says.

California Drought News: Condolences, Congress, Conservation

Monday's news sends condolences to California Chrome for the Triple Crown, reminders to the Bay Area to save water, and warnings to Congress about its legislation.

Quemetco seeks to expand lead battery recycling by 25 pct

Only two lead battery recyclers have been operating west of the Mississippi in recent years. Vernon's Exide Technologies is closed. Quemetco seeks to expand.

California Drought News: Poll finds drought's a big deal...sort of

Friday's news finds people to be mysterious and full of contradictions...but hopefully interested in one last drought news roundup before the weekend!

FAQ: What do the EPA's new climate rules mean?

What's next for plans to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent of 2005 levels.

California Drought News: New questions for an old dam debate

Everything old is new again, as drought reactivates dam discussions, drillers worry as they work overtime, and there's still gold in them thar dried-out riverbeds.

Researchers say 'climate engineering' won't save the planet

A new study led by a UCLA professor concludes there's no silver bullet to stop climate change, and ranks efforts at geoengineering: manipulating climatic patterns.

California Drought News: Workers leaving, water pumping, and desalinating

Stories about policies that affect some water rights holders and not others point to inequities in a state that can't quite ask everyone to conserve, even in drought.

Air pollution at LAX worse than previously known

An area where hundreds of thousands of people live east of LAX is polluted with at least double the ultrafine particulates that fall on surrounding areas, says a USC team.

Seeking waste, LA's water cop patrols city streets

The head of the DWP’s Water Conservation Response Unit enforces water restrictions and promotes conservation. He's more Officer Friendly than Johnny Law.

Los Angeles River recreation zones open up for the summer

Sunrise to sunset, in the Sepulveda Basin and Elysian Valley, you can fish and walk along the L.A. riverbed between now and Labor Day. But the big draw is kayaking.