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

Brown barrels full of water that's...grey? Not exactly

"Well, there we get into a gray area." "How gray?" "Charcoal."

A veto pen stabbing the lobster fishery

Assemblywoman Lori Saldana had proposed AB571 to establish a Lobster Management Enhancement Supplement fee - 300 bones - that commercial lobster fishermen and women would be required to pay for lobster management activities.

LA residents testing new water conservation program

Los Angeles residents are harvesting rainwater from their home rooftops as Southern California reels from a fourth year of drought. It's part of a new effort by the city of Los Angeles. KPCC's Molly Peterson looks at how some Angelenos are making it work.

Schwarzenegger goes HIS way on RPS

More on new laws - and Schwarzenegger's vetos - as I wade through announcements. But, little surprise, the Governator rejected Assemblyman Paul Krekorian's AB21.

Worries about chemicals, and the tests for them, in Carson

Some people in Carson say they're alarmed about chemicals left behind after Shell Oil shut down an oil reservoir in their neighborhood. KPCC's Molly Peterson says the same people are skeptical about chemical testing on their property.

No Erin Brockovich, but plenty of drama in Carson

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board held a meeting tonight about an investigation it's opened at the former Kast property site in Carson, CA.

Getting to 350

550, 450, 350. The number represents how much carbon dioxide or equivalent greenhouse gas is in the atmosphere, in parts per million, and that, in turn, represents information about how global temperatures will climb, and how fast.

Economists say deep cuts to greenhouse gas won't mean deep cuts to economy

Debate about global warming policy is simmering in Congress as the House and Senate consider climate bills backed by California lawmakers. The question is whether a big effort to move away from energy that produces “greenhouse gases” will wreck the economy. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says there’s a new study that says it won’t.

Which standards for California's Renewable Standard?

Climate change meetings with laminated name tags in ballrooms are often filled with highfalutin' aspirational dreamweaverin' mumbo-jumbo. Also, in LA, a celebrity or two.

Team California competes in national solar decathlon

This week in Washington, D.C., 20 teams of college students will build solar-powered houses on the national mall, and will compete to determine which dwelling uses the least energy. One of those teams comes from California. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more about its project.

Land of Embers

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.

LA Department of Water and Power chief resigns

The head of the Department of Water and Power, David Nahai, will step down from the general manager position he's held for two years.

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.