Emily Guerin

Senior Environment Reporter

Contact Emily Guerin

Emily Guerin is the Senior Environment Reporter at KPCC. She has been reporting on energy and environmental issues in the American West since 2012.

Guerin came to KPCC from North Dakota, where she covered the state’s historic oil and gas boom for Inside Energy, a multimedia journalism collaboration covering energy issues in Wyoming, Colorado and North Dakota. She won multiple awards for her reporting, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for stories on oilfield spills.

Previously, she lived in a town of 1,200 on Colorado’s rural Western Slope while reporting on natural resource and environmental issues for the Western magazine High Country News. She has also lead wilderness trips for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

Guerin got her start in journalism reporting on the hidden back stories of abandoned buildings in Portland, Maine, while writing a column called “That’s My Dump!”

She graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Environmental Studies and History. Emily enjoys exploring out-of-the-way and otherwise overlooked places, a good cup of tea and riding her bike. She has lived in all four U.S. time zones.

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Stories by Emily Guerin

Even fire-resistant houses are burning in wilfires

California's building codes aren't keeping up with the severity of our wildfires.

LA only received 4 inches of rain last year

It's the third-driest year since record-keeping began in 1877.

Worried about Hurricane Rosa? Don't be.

If you were hoping Hurricane Rosa would drench Southern California, we're sorry to disappoint you: the L.A. area is only going to get clouds and a sprinkle of rain. Still, enjoy the change of pace: hurricanes are exceedingly are rare here, because the atmosphere in Southern California is very stable, making it hard for storms to form, and the water is too cold.

LA Metro is switching to electric buses. Now everyone else could too.

The Air Resources Board could require every transit agency in the state to phase out fossil-fuel powered buses by 2040.

Orange County just approved a plan to build 340 houses in a high risk fire area

The developer says he can protect the homes and residents.

LA renters have been shut out of solar. Until now.

A new LADWP program would let renters buy solar electricity from shared panels installed on city buildings, and lock in low rates.

Why do we keep building houses in places that burn down?

Hint: it has to do with who benefits from new housing development, and who pays the cost to defend houses built in risk areas.

Why do we keep building houses in places that burn down?

It's a real estate paradox: the most desirable places to live are also among the most susceptible to wildfires.

Why is Jerry Brown getting heckled at his own climate conference?

Environmental activists from Los Angeles say the governor hasn't done enough to clean up the places where they live and breathe.

Nearly 75 percent of new California oil wells in recent years were in low income neighborhoods, study says

Nearly three-quarters of the new oil wells drilled in California in the past 7 years were in low income communities of color, according to a new analysis. Those numbers are helping fuel a campaign to get Governor Brown to ban new oil wells in the state before he leaves office.

It's not just you. The mosquitoes really are bad this year.

Why? An invasive mosquito is spreading throughout Southern California that's far more aggressive than our native mosquito.

A heat wave so bad, it burned leaves off SoCal trees

It's not just people -- plants are also getting scorched by extreme heat across Southern California.

What makes arsonists start wildfires?

Arsonists set around 200 wildfires a year in California. Why do they do it?

Living at the beach no longer means no AC needed

And it's only going to get hotter.

How big changes to the Endangered Species Act would affect California

The Trump Administration is moving to weaken the Endangered Species Act. That's the law credited with bringing back grey wolves and peregine falcons from the brink of extinction. Here in California those proposed changes might not matter.