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

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.

LA's Metropolitan Water District says winter may have been wet, but the future is dry at annual Green Expo

The state of California may have emerged from a drought. But the Metropolitan Water District is still promoting the message that we live with a limited water supply. That's the theme of its annual Spring Green Expo Wednesday in Los Angeles.

LADWP offers extreme makeover for energy and water ratepayers

A makeover is on the way for the bills delivered to Los Angeles water and power customers.

PV solar warms up your property value, LBNL says

Does PV solar help your property value?

Western water's wilder future in a changing climate

A federal law requires the Bureau of Reclamation to report on the future impacts a warming climate could have on Western water supplies. The goal? To clarify what we'll have to work with.

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.