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
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.
I'm interested in the completion of the Marine Protected Areas process - under the state's MLPA law - so I've been reading up on that lately. Here in Southern California, we've got protected areas proposed and under final consideration at the state's Fish and Game Commission.
The US Geologic Survey is looking for a few good men. Or women. Or families. If you're a dog who has wifi, a concrete slab foundation and AC power, and can read the internet, I bet you qualify too.
My intern Captain Obvious brought to my attention a Wall Street Journal article that looks at misleading claims on green labeling. An environmental marketing company called TerraChoice issues a report that found "fibbing about or having no proof of environmental claims, vague or poorly defined marketing language, such as "all-natural," and the use of fake labels designed to imply a product has third-party certification or endorsement of its claims.
My good friend, and southern California's great reporter, Ilsa Setziol, interviews David Nahai for our neighbor-to-the-north's ClimateWatch blog. You can read her interview, about watering restrictions, renewable energy, and Propposition 23/AB 32, at their site.
Okay, to refresh your memory, here's the argument the Yes on 26 people make: according to the president of California's Chamber of Commerce -
So, what the hell would Proposition 26 do? I'll look at the Yes side, the No side, and the LAO's analysis to find out.
That headline's the most math I've done since I was 15, I think. Like the Barbie says, math is tough.
In less than a week voters will decide on the California jobs initiative. Supporters say Proposition 23 will stop the state from regulating businesses to death and killing jobs. Opponents argue that it'll kill the state's landmark global warming law - and California's hope for becoming a green technology leader.
I've been light on this blog as I went to see family and friends on the east coast. GreenLAGirl has been doing the work of an entire city!
The New Belgium Bewing Company is serious about its environmental values: wind-powered operations, high-efficiency beermaking (I can imagine at least one of my cousins saying that they believe in high-efficiency beerDRINKING here - which one will find this first?).
The Air Resources Board announced today the creation of what they're calling a "Climate Generation Program" - it's modeled after the British Council's similar program in the UK and elsewhere.
Bike culture is alive and well and growing in Oakland, and this video is awesome and hypnotic. All that is true and it's still not getting the lyrics of this song out of my head:
Lake Mead has once again set a record: in the wrong direction, though. (Yes, a few days ago now.) Levels are at an all time low. Oh, but don't worry: levels will rise 8 fee this winter.
On the yes side for Proposition 23, the slowdown in contributions is real. At the very least, there's not a continuing influx of big-ticket contributions of the kind that got this whole battle of the millions started.