Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

Molly Peterson
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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

Greener pot: is there such a thing as energy efficient Cannabis?

Maybe, says Evan Mills, a Staff Scientist & energy analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. On his own time, he wrote a paper called Energy: Up in Smoke: The Carbon Footprint of Indoor Cannabis Production, and he suggests marijuana's covert life in suburban grow houses could be mitigated.

Ultraviolet rays at new facility will clean water in Sylmar

Soon, a zap of ultraviolet light will clean drinking water for the L.A. Department of Water and Power at a facility in Sylmar.

Recycling batteries is expensive; San Gabriel Valley cities got a grant to do it

Californians aren't very good at recycling batteries. State law banned batteries in landfills five years ago, but fewer than one-half of 1 percent of them get recycled. There's a new push to change that in the San Gabriel Valley.

LADWP offers rebates for home electric vehicle charging

Los Angeles's Department of Water and Power will pay customers up to $2,000 to install chargers for electric vehicles at their homes.

DWP offers rebate for electric vehicle charger in home

LA's Department of Water and Power will pay customers up to $2,000 to install chargers for electric vehicles at their homes.

CORRECTED: Edison's new solar map: they're looking to buy from small solar

Check it out, big flat rooftop owners: are you in one of the red dot areas on this map? If so, you might be a great candidate to sell your power back to Southern California Edison - if they get their way.

Another fish kill has scientists, harbors puzzled

In Ventura County, a mass of sardines that crowded into the harbor has died. The harbormaster found the dead fish on Monday after about 1,000 sardines turned up near the shopping center at Ventura Harbor's south end.

Controversial San Gabriel River Discovery Center misses out on grant

State parks officials say they won't grant the San Gabriel River Discovery Center over $7 million for a planned upgrade in the Whittier Narrows area.

Gradually, then suddenly: Oil and water in the Gulf of Mexico

I was listening to a segment my colleague Liane Hansen did - talking to Christopher D'Elia, from LSU's School for the Coast and the Environment. Liane used these words to introduce her conversation: disaster.

Energy efficiency in your dryer is like dating the nerd

Renewable energy is sexy; energy efficiency is not. Everybody knows. Everybody's got an opinion about why that is. I like the way another blog at Renewable Energy World puts it: "[I]f renewable energy is the girl that everyone wants to be photographed near, energy efficiency is her nerdy tag-along little brother.

Climate policy comes slowly even as California presses forward with AB 32

The federal government's work on climate policy has taken a back seat to economic and national security issues. But in California, state regulators are pushing hard to enact the state's landmark law that curbs greenhouse gases - known as AB 32.

LA & Long Beach offer 2 views on water life after drought

Good news about the drought, right? Phew. What a relief. Guess we don't have to worry. My college roommate married a guy who takes 40 minute showers; I bet he's happy. Anyway, nothing to see here, please disperse.

LADWP offers energy efficiency/water conservation grants

Neighborhood groups around Los Angeles are getting money from the Department of Water and Power for energy efficiency and water conservation measures.

Schwarzenegger, Davis tout California's commitment to fighting global warming

In Hollywood today former California governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis talked up the state's efforts to cut atmosphere-warming pollution and develop cleaner sources of energy.

Solar policy could green up rooftops, pockets in Los Angeles

Some Los Angeles City Council members want the Department of Water and Power to speed up development of rooftop solar power in the city.