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

Carson's Carousel residents frustrated at Regional Water Board, Shell Oil over toxic soil

Officials at the regional water quality control board say they’re almost ready with a cleanup order for the Carousel neighborhood of Carson. Some residents of the Carousel neighborhood are greeting those plans with anger and criticism.

Wet weather, high tides put coastal Southern California on alert for flooding

Wet weather and seasonal high tides have coastal Southern California on alert for flooding. Environmental groups are using the event to illustrate effects of climate change.

Bill to ban shark fins introduced in Sacramento

A proposed ban on selling and using shark fins in California isn’t going over well in Asian communities. The fins comprise part of a traditional soup.

South LA rec center gets greener as workers get training

Los Angeles city officials Monday unveiled the first of more than a dozen buildings that retrained workers are helping make more energy efficient.

Malibu delays consideration of new housing construction

California officials have delayed a vote that would enable a guitarist from the group U2 to develop five hillside homes in Malibu.

Lower-energy lightbulbs are not without risks

University of California researchers have found that the LED lightbulbs that companies promote as a green alternative to traditional bulbs can be toxic.

New Sacramento housing development will be ultra energy efficient

A developer in Sacramento plans to open housing this fall with a twist - occupants could pay half as much as they’re accustomed to on their energy bills.

Court orders more air quality control in Southland

A federal court says southern California officials have to do more to improve air quality in the region.

Ruling means delay in installation of high-voltage electricity lines

The federal energy department's plans to speed the placement of high-voltage transmission lines around the country has hit a roadblock - a new court ruling.

Nobody wants to take responsibility for fecal bacteria at Surfrider Beach

A federal judge has turned back an earlier judgment that found Los Angeles County is responsible for pollution at Malibu’s Surfrider Beach. The ruling is a blow to environmentalists.

Solving the problem of how to plug in the car when there’s no garage

More than 100,000 electric cars roll along Southland streets. But electric vehicle enthusiasts say overnight charging is still a problem for people who live in apartments and condominiums.

Oil rig popularity dropping in Beverly Hills

City officials in Beverly Hills have voted to end above-ground oil rigs within city limits. The decision could affect just one existing rig.

Businessman gives $10 million to UC Riverside for clean tech

A prominent Chinese businessman has given the University of California Riverside $10 million to support clean technology research.

Neighbors unite to promote environmental concerns

A coalition of neighborhood groups in Los Angeles is backing a plan to create what they're calling green zones. In the Harbor area, in Pacoima and in Boyle Heights, local rules would target polluting industries with inspections, promote green businesses with incentives and keep environmental concerns in mind during planning.

USC researcher experiments with changing ocean chemistry

Burning fossil fuels doesn't just put more carbon into the atmosphere and help warm the climate. It's also changing the chemistry of sea water. KPCC's Molly Peterson visits a University of Southern California researcher who studies the consequences of a more corrosive ocean.