Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent
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
I've been working on a story about rooftop solar power in the last few days - so I was interested in talking to folks in the industry about how well that works in California. One person I interviewed was Sungetivity's Danny Kennedy - who I met Saturday night at the Rethink:Green event at the Blackwelder complex in Culver City.
Monday night in the 'Bu: Malibu's city council will get an update on the status of a septic system ban in the Civic Center Area - the one approved earlier this year by the State Water Resources Control Board.
You might remember an expansion at the Port of Los Angeles from 3 years ago at the TraPac area - if for no other reason that it was featured prominently in America's Port, a reality show on National Geographic:
Over at LA Observed, Kevin Roderick points out that Jerry Brown is governor because he won the coast. (Official state results here, you can mouse over each county to get results.)
A ballot measure to suspend California’s climate change policies won financial backing from Texas oil refiners, but voters defeated it by the largest margin in Tuesday’s election.
Backers of a measure aimed at securing funding for state parks blaimed a noisy and cluttered election for the fact that Proposition 21 didn't attract enough voters. The measure would have tacked an $18 charge onto vehicle registrations, in exchange for which California-registered cars would have gotten free admission to state parks and beaches.
KPCC's Molly Peterson has been tracking climate policy in the U.S. Senate race, environmental politics in the Governor's race, and ballot measures of interest to the green community: Proposition 21 (the State Parks Initiative); Prop 23 (the California Jobs Initiative, which would freeze AB32 for an indefinite period of time), and Proposition 26 (which would make raising fees on polluters more challenging).
Environmental groups gathered at Global Green USA headquarters in Santa Monica patted themselves on the back - in some cases, literally - for creating a coalition of environmental and business interests that together seem to have brought defeat to Proposition 23.
Not all of my AB 32/proposition 23 reporting made it to the radio.
A new campaign has taken off in the waning days before the election - but it's not really for an office. Emails to Arnold Schwarzenegger's media list aren't just coming from the governor's site; they're also coming from a standalone site: JOIN ARNOLD.
So Major League Baseball is highlighting environmental issues at the World Series this year, "thanks to a special partnership between MLB and the Natural Resources Defense Council." As a fan of the San Francisco Giants, I think they're a pretty good team to do that with.
While most of the rest of California is talking about whether to suspend or continue with AB 32, the state's Air Resources Board has released a plan about how they'd run the landmark greenhouse gas law's central program - the cap and trade program - and they're looking for public comment.
Golf courses and cemeteries - the two prime wastes of real estate!Al Czervik said that. And now so does UCLA's Matt Kahn, in a way.
Some 140-thousand Fresno voters got the wrong language for a ballot measure that would pause the state's landmark greenhouse gas law - and the Yes campaign ain't happy.
Bacteria already in the ground could clean drinking water in the Inland Empire. According to Janet Zimmerman at the Press-Enterprise, water districts are developing system whereby water is pulled from well, run past these bacteria, which eat perchlorate and nitrate and VOCs, volatile organic compounds (well, digest them), producing nitrogen gas which can get released to the atmosphere with oxygen.