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

Nahai out at LADWP

More on this later - Frank Stoltze will be spotting this midday - but this is a big deal. In David Nahai's time, the DWP has moved dramatically toward renewable energy: the mayor and Nahai had sort of a standing patter they'd do where the mayor would vow to hold the DWP accountable, and Nahai would vow to be held accountable, at just about every press conference.

Copenhagen's Laboratories: Olav Kjorven says local policies influence global climate talks

Arnold Schwarzenegger talks plenty about how important California is as a laboratory for national climate policy. (and that's pronounced with an emphasis on the second syllable, if you want to sound like an evil genius, which is always worth it) So does Antonio Villaraigosa, and so do other city leaders.

Politicians, environmentalists hail ports' one-year-old Clean Trucks program

Federal environmental officials say millions of stimulus dollars will go to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to help cut diesel emissions from moving cargo. One year ago the harbor complex began an ambitious Clean Trucks program aimed at reducing air pollution. KPCC's Molly Peterson has an update.

Attacking climate policy from the bottom up

A global climate summit sponsored by California and other U-S states continues today in Los Angeles. KPCC's Molly Peterson says the meeting spotlights the role regional policymakers play in climate policies.

Teambuilding Exercises, Harrison Ford & Protests

Harrison Ford just told the audience in here that we're all members of Team Earth. "We're members of the team. The only question is whether we'll get off our butts and get in the game.

Schwarzenegger's Climate 2: Electric Boogaloo

Today I'm catching up with what's going down internationally, nationally, and locally in climate change news - at the swank Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Don't yet know if it's an upgrade from last year, but so far what's fancier are the programs (spiral bound, 4 color) and delegate swag (eco friendly tote and water bottle, at a minimum).

After the Station Fire, forest specialists survey the damage

Near Los Angeles County foothill cities, a team of federal scientists is studying environmental impacts from the Station Fire. Authorities will use that team's work to decide how to protect areas from flooding this winter.

Web site fertilizes shared gardens in Southern California

Urban gardeners in the Southland see opportunity in every median strip and patch of dirt. These days they have to; there’s a waiting list for community garden space in Los Angeles County. A business owner in the city of Vernon has seeded new planting partnerships with the L.A. Community Garden Council. KPCC's Molly Peterson says they found common ground through online social networking.

Urban farmers getting rooftop farming off the ground

Interest in urban farming is growing even faster than late summer corn. Throughout Los Angeles County, community gardens have sprouted by the thousands, and there’s a shortage of room for newcomers. KPCC's Molly Peterson found would-be gardeners with creative solutions for landing patches of tillable soil. **Featuring Green Piece Warriors slideshow**

DWP continues conversation about LA solar

Los Angeles water and power officials begin a series of public workshops on what solar power plans for the region will look like. KPCC's Molly Peterson offers this preview.

DWP and Solar: Let the sun shine...

The LA Department of Water and Power took a little bit of a beating with the defeat of flyer is long on locations; it's short on specific details about what they'll do with people's input.

Schwarzenegger signs order raising RPS, renewable energy standards

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed an executive order that sets the highest standard in the country for renewable energy in the state's power mix. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has the story.

California aims toward a renewable-energy future

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed an executive order that commits California to generating one-third of its power from renewable energy in 11 years.

Yes, you can...have a garden in the fall

A preview of coming attractions: Last month, amid Katrina madness, I talked with a lot of very enthusiastic folks about community gardening. Which happens to be on the rise, what with the financial apocalypse and all.

California politicians scrapping over renewable power standards

A debate over how to encourage California utilities to get more power from renewable sources is heating up in Sacramento.