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

Mark Gold's DWP reform proposal: what do you think?

Tomorrow on Patt Morrison's show, I'll be talking to her about DWP oversight and reform measures proposed at City Council (and how they contrast with DWP's own ideas of oversight, as well as those of neighborhood activists).

The sun, whose rays, are all ablaze...on roofs and in our deserts

It's been ass-cold in Los Angeles the last several days, but lately solar power's done a great job of heating up the enviro-political debate.

DWP's plans for your energy future: your last chance to weigh in

The DWP's wrapping up months of seeking public comment about its plans for where your energy's coming from, which, their documents will often remind you, has something to do with your rates going forward.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa touts environmental goals in city pact before UN conference

For the third year in a row, the United Nations convenes a conference on climate change today - this year in Cancun. Los Angeles is among the cities will monitor the proceedings.

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]


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.