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

Green slime in your tank: Algae fuel growing in Southern California

Federal energy officials said this week they're revamping a strategy to develop biofuels – crop-based alternatives to fossil fuels. In Southern California, entrepreneurs are already working to develop fuel from algae.

Glen Canyon study yields short-term fix for Colorado River

An experimental flood on the Colorado River in Arizona yielded only mixed success in restoring habitat below a dam. KPCC's Molly Peterson says the research could inform Western river restoration in California.

POLA re-ups with Gephardt group on F4A issues

It happened last week instead of one night, but...the Port of Los Angeles has, for the fourth time, renewed its relationship with a lobbying firm helping it out on Capitol Hill. In doing so it puts a very interesting problem in the lap of LA's new deputy mayor, Austin Beutner.

Hikers to Half Dome will need paperwork next time

Comes word from the National Park Service that if you're above the subdome, you're going to need a permit for that, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays when the cables are up - and they're only giving out 400 a day.

VerdeXchange: Venue for City of LA Video

Last week I spent a little time at VerdeXchange. (Others spent more.) Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas spoke to LA's readiness for marketing sustainability in local issues.

California regulators sponsor solar water heaters for homes, businesses

The state Public Utilities Commission is encouraging Californians to install solar-powered water heaters in homes and at businesses.

Demand for car sharing in Los Angeles zips along; parking, finances a little stalled

A test car sharing program at USC and UCLA is off to a strong start four months into its existence. A report to Los Angeles city councilmen about the program also identifies some problems.

Waiting for Godot and everything else in New Orleans

For Off-Ramp today, I was able to interview Paul Chan who served as artistic director for a production of Waiting For Godot in New Orleans back in 2007. It was one of my last cultural experiences in that city as a resident, and so it holds a special place in my heart.

City of LA could cut 1000 jobs; city attorney Trutanich "troubled," will fight

More than a thousand jobs could get eliminated from the payroll of the City of Los Angeles. As Frank Stoltze reported Friday afternoon, a new report from LA's chief administrative officer says cuts are necessary after recent drops in revenue and years of warning about budget shortfalls. The present deficit's estimated around 200 million dollars.

26 horses die during first half of Calico Mountain roundup

A federal agency is defending its efforts to round up wild horses in western lands after the deaths of 26 animals near Reno Nevada. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.

Zipcar doing well at UCLA (& better at USC): well enough for LA?

Car sharing got its first four-month check-in on Wednesday at the LA City Council's Transportation committee hearing. The news was pretty good – unless you’re a UCLA fan.

Curious about your DWP rates? They're offering answers.

From a DWP press release:

Will the campaign to suspend AB32 gain heat?

AB 32 is shaping up to be a key part of the governor's race – and California politics – after The Governator leaves the building. We rarely say the number on the air. But it's the landmark law that requires the state to drop its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels within 10 years.

Oil spill in Huntington Beach threatens wildlife, but wetlands safe

Federal, state and local agencies are working to clean up an oil spill in an Orange County channel leading to the ocean. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says they’ve been at it since Saturday.

MWD warns So Cal about H2O

Wet lately, right? Yeah. Tell me about it. Maybe not enough though. The Metropolitan Water District doesn't want you to get cocky. An