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

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.

Vons tops Greenpeace's annual sustainable seafood list for grocers

The Vons grocery store chain leads the way in seafood sustainability.

RPS, DWP, renewables & your rates: 5 things you want to know

California's new law requiring its utilities to get a third of their energy from renewable sources has changed the landscape for a group of public utilities in southern California: in Burbank, in Pasadena, in Glendale, and the biggie, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Casa Heiwa, other affordable Los Angeles apartments to go energy efficient with audits

Housing officials in the city of Los Angeles are using federal money to cut energy bills for low-income apartment dwellers. L.A. will distribute about four-and-a-half-million stimulus dollars to the owners of more than a dozen buildings.

$30 million DWP solar panel program has $175 million worth of demand

Overwhelming demand has caused the L.A. Department of Water and Power to suspend a grant program that puts solar panels on residential rooftops.

Greenpeace v. Facebook: should energy be renewable or efficient?

A few weeks back I talked to Kumi Naidoo, the head of Greenpeace International - a pretty wide ranging interview that included him throwing down with Facebook on their use of coal power.

Deepwater Horizon: oil impacts in Louisiana, science interest for California

In the future, I'll be bringing you a blog entry about water in California on Wednesdays. But yesterday I was winging my way to the coast...the Gulf Coast. New Orleans, Louisiana, where I lived before I came to work at KPCC.

Eric Clapton can explain energy efficiency to you

Hello humanoids! It's been a while since I've been writing in this space; glad to be back. In the last several months I've been reading about large-scale energy projects on public lands - and I've been trying to keep my eyeballs peeled for reports of their benefits, like success in creating jobs.