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

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).

Sea level off California kept down by climate cycle; Scripps says that’s changing

Global sea levels rose have risen, possibly faster than ever, in the last 20 years. California's coast is the exception. Now, scientists at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego say they can explain why.

Review panel: Sacramento San Joaquin Bay Delta conservation plan lacks focus, goal, cost millions

The National Academies of Science panel that’s reviewed conservation plans for the Sacramento San Joaquin Bay Delta says those plans are incomplete, unclear and poorly defined.

LA’s updating its water strategy with recycling, groundwater use

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.

A change in wind patterns could speed sea level rise in California. Is anyone ready?

Scripps Oceanography researchers say they've uncovered evidence suggesting that a changing wind pattern could raise sea levels along California's coast. Peter Bromirski is an associate project scientist at Scripps.