Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

Molly Peterson
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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

LA County Public Works fined $264K for air pollution

Fines levied are the result of a settlement under which the agency will pay into the state’s air pollution control fund.

World locks in future carbon emissions with existing power plants

UC Irvine scientist co-authors report that says the amount of emissions we've already locked into is growing by about 4 percent a year with each new power plant.

West loses 63 trillion gallons of groundwater to drought

Scientists used GPS data to figure out that the loss of all that water has caused the earth to rise slightly, mostly beneath the mountains.

Drought: Higher water prices challenged in San Juan Capistrano

The Orange County city, which helped pioneer conservation-minded water rates, is now the site of a dispute around whether those rates are permissible.

Does my community have water restrictions?

The state Water Resources Control Board adopted outdoor watering restrictions that apply to municipalities that didn't already have mandatory restrictions in place Here, you can find restrictions for many Southern California municipalities, links to incentives and some helpful tips to conserve water.

Drought: Your water rates are like video games

How Pac-Man, Super Mario and Legend of Zelda can explain the maze-like world of water pricing -- especially programs meant to incentivize conservation.

Here's why we're putting a GPS tracker in a mattress (updated)

Will it go to a landfill? An unlicensed refurbish? The house of a person who really, really wants a mattress? We'll have that here, and more updates.

Drought: To wash or not to wash your car? 4 things to know

We did the homework for you. Here are the advantages and drawbacks to all the ways you can wash your car while California's in a water shortage.

LA supervisors criticize 'piecemeal' cleanup around Exide

L.A. County supervisors have signed a letter imploring the governor to intervene in the cleanup of contamination around the Exide Technologies plant in Vernon.

Exide to remove lead-polluted soil from 2 homes

The company was ordered by toxics regulators to dig up polluted soil around two private residences after tests revealed lead exceedances at the properties.

Involve the public in transportation, says UCLA policy paper

Public transit projects are taking longer to plan, approve and build. The blame goes to over-planning, underfunding and regulations that bog down projects.

Los Angeles utility to up energy efficiency 15 percent

Until recently, the LA DWP was failing to meet state goals for reducing electricity demand. Now Los Angeles is on track to exceed them by more than 37 percent.

Meet Lawn Dude: Southern California's new drought spokesman

He’s not really a dude at all. He's got a lawn-green tennis ball for a head…and he’s got a drinking problem that we enable with all our watering.

Statewide water restrictions take effect

In light of the drought, the measures are meant to be a backstop for localities that don't already have mandatory emergency prohibitions in place.

Endangered sea turtles get a break from drift gillnets

Starting today for the next five weeks, fishermen who net swordfish will find a large stretch of local waters closed off to protect sea turtles.