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

California's year in climate action

So, what's the state of California done since the last UN conference on climate change in Copenhagen, a year ago? Let's take a (brief) (but semi-detailed) look. The one most people have heard of is the one the most people did: defeat proposition 23, which would have suspended AB 32 greenhouse gas reduction efforts, notably, carbon trading.

Cancún's possibilities: but a dream?

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change has put me in mind of Shakespeare's Sonnet 87 (get me, I'm Peter O'Toole all of a sudden):

Los Angeles DWP's Festival of Lights canceled due to water project

Here’s something to consider as you plan your holiday season. To keep the water flowing, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has cut the lights on a 14-year tradition in Griffith Park.

LA City Council agrees to delay changes to solar panel incentives

Rebates for solar panels on Los Angeles rooftops may stick around as the new year begins. The L.A. City Council has agreed to delay changes in the solar incentive program.

San Pedro harbor hybrid tugboat likely world's cleanest tugboat

What’s believed to be the only hybrid tugboat in the world is also very likely the cleanest one. A new study from UC Riverside looks at a boat used in the San Pedro harbor complex.

Clean Air Action Plan update APPROVED

The Clean Air Action Plan was approved by the ports Monday. Geraldine Knatz called the plan a "firm commitment... to make air quality and public health a top priority for us."

Harbor officials vote today on air quality improvement plans

Harbor officials from Long Beach and Los Angeles vote today on plans to improve air quality at the ports.

Carless in Los Angeles= umbrella-free in London? [UPDATED]

OOPS! I MEANT 3 WHEN I PRESSED 2.

Clean Air Action Plan may be getting cleaner

...but how's the action?

Latinos, Asians, care a lot about the environment: do these results surprise you?

A new LATimes/USC study had some pretty interesting findings about the environment. You can read more about the study here. What's interesting about it, of course, is that the truths it reveals should and will direct the way environment reporters like me will look at the problems and solutions we've got in southern California going forward.

Butterfly-in at Mason Park in Irvine

Mason Park in Irvine is having an event celebrating its new Butterfly Habitat. They're offering butterfly host and nectar plants for sale for adults, and face painting and crafts for kids.

First chunk of Tejon Ranch bought for conservation

California's Wildlife Conservation Board has bought a big chunk of land on Tejon Ranch. 62,000 acres of private land cost $15.8 million dollars, funded by a state grant.

DWP plugging LA in to electric car revolution

Just in time for the Auto Show, LADWP wants you to know they're going to make it easier to plug-in your car at your house in LA. This morning in the Convention Center, mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LADWP interim general manager Austin Beutner will announce a program to help residential customers within the City of Los Angeles install electric vehicle at-home chargers - from permit to plug-in - within 7 days.

Everyday Heroes: Jane C. Doe, anonymous pubtran rider & blogger

Could you get out of your car and get to where you need to go for six months in Los Angeles? Jane C. Doe has: she's halfway through an experiment to go 180 days carless in LA - and writes a blog of the same name.

America Recycles Day, E-Waste drop-off at L.A. Live

'Tis sort of the time of year for e-waste events - in the sense that we're approaching the time of year when people go running into BestBuy like firefighters into burning buildings to pick up a Blu-Ray player or three for presents.