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

Legal battle keeps protection along California's coast in doubt [UPDATED]

Is the MLPA here to stay? Fishermen don't think so. Now one of 'em's suggesting the state shut down the Marine Life Protection Act to keep 70 California State Parks open that budget cuts would otherwise shut.

Gold rush a-comin' with the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

Stakeholders - I love that word, I always think of vampires - stakeholders for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan are wrapping up a meeting today in Ontario. It's an interesting time to check in on how this plan - which is supposed to guide conservation efforts as big solar and wind projects get sited - is coming along.

Global Green counts (and cuts) Rust Belt carbon

Santa Monica-based Global Green USA has focused in recent years on projects like rebuilding in New Orleans: working to help that city back, and make it thrive. Now they've turned their attention toward cities that aren't thriving in America's Rust Belt: specifically, Youngstown, Ohio.

Federal forest planning rule won't protect water, wildlife, say critics

Scientists and lawmakers are criticizing a massive rule that federal officials propose to guide plans for the hundreds of national forests around the country. The rule's critics say it won't protect watercourses and streams in the forests - and that the proposal doesn't set clear standards for protecting populations of wildlife on those lands.

Long Beach conference on marine pollution draws scientists from around the world

Marine scientists, researchers and students meet this week in Long Beach to talk about how pollution harms freshwater and ocean organisms. Scientists call the conference PRIMO.

Could the lower Owens River be LA's playground?

With spring in full swing, and the Lower Owens River lush after a wet winter, the LA Department of Water and Power and Inyo County officials have been asking the eastern Sierra: “What would you do if you could make a new river and wetlands? How would you play on, preserve and enjoy the area?”

Ratepayer advocates say Southern California Edison is overstating costs to justify rate increases

A state office of consumer advocates says Southern California Edison is vastly overstating its costs as the utility makes its case with regulators to raise rates.

Lung Association lobbies to cut California car pollution, greenhouse gases

Ninety percent of Californians live where air pollution exceeds federal limits. Cars are responsible for much of that. A new American Lung Association study pinpoints the costs and benefits of cleaning up those cars.

Green building in the 9th Ward

Twice last month, I went back to my old home, Louisiana - the second time pretty much for vacation, to New Orleans. I checked in on my usual spots: not just my favorite neighborhood restaurant, or my favorite new chicken place, but the outfall canals, some pumping stations (run by the city on a different system than the Corps-run gates and pumps), and the 9th Ward.

Jay Carson goes global with C40-Clinton Climate Intiative

The one-time deputy mayor of Los Angeles has hit the big time. Jay Carson worked for the Villaraigosa administration for just over a year, leaving last fall. That's around when tthe Clinton Climate Initiative got its peanut butter all up in the chocolate of C40, a group of large cities working together to cut their emissions (well, someone's got to do it).

California Assembly bill could make sewage fixes via lien happen for more homeowners

Sacramento lawmakers are moving forward with a law that would help homeowners improve their connections to city sewer systems.

Utah adds more wind to the mix of energy it sends Southern California

Southern California utilities have added a new renewable energy source to their portfolios, thanks to a new wind project in Utah.

Looking closer at utilities' energy efficiency programs

Not all energy efficiencies are created equal. At least, that's the argument of consumer and environmental groups lobbying the California Public Utilities Commission - and those advocates are increasingly frustrated with the quality of those programs at the investor owned utilities.

National Park Service contemplating Cesar Chavez honors

Federal officials are looking into honoring Cesar Chavez by designating national park sites related to the labor activist’s life. Tonight at the L.A. River Center and Gardens, they’ll ask the public about placing a site in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles DWP's groundwater hopes may raise your water rates

Los Angeles city water and power commissioners have approved a new strategy to keep water flowing to homes and businesses and it takes shrinking supplies into account. I reported this story briefly this week, I've now had a little more time to check the full documentation of the strategy out (I didn't check the full document out fully, but at least I know there is one and I made a dent in it).