Emily Guerin

Environment Reporter

Contact Emily Guerin

Emily Guerin is the 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

Fences made to protect desert tortoises may be killing some

The threatened animals tend to pace back and forth along protective fences, exposing them to the sun and heating their bodies to sometimes lethal levels.

AQMD: Cool roofs may increase air pollution

A new study finds the roofs, which combat the urban heat island effect, can actually worsen smog and particulate matter.

The emotional and financial toll of living among dead trees

What is it like to watch the forest die around you? Residents of an alpine town in Kern County say living among drought-killed trees has been a challenge.

Foothill Transit shares their roadmap with Metro on going green

The nation’s second largest transit agency today committed to switching all of its buses to zero emissions technology by 2030.

Metro votes to have all electric buses by 2030

The nation's second-largest transit agency wants to switch all 2,200 buses from natural gas to zero-emissions technology. That means kicking the internal combustion engine.

Freeway drivers breathe dirtier air than previously thought

Closing windows, recirculating air and replacing your air filter can help keep unhealthy particulate pollution our of your car — and lungs.

Labor activists blast new clean air plan at ports of LA and Long Beach

Truck drivers worry they will bear the high costs of upgrading diesel trucks to expensive, zero-emission technology.

Port proposal to clean up the air could cost up to $14B

The plan relies heavily on incentives to switch trucks and equipment over to zero emission technology, which critics say will not be ready, or cost effective, in time.

What you need to know about Jerry Brown's cap and trade bill

Brown needs a two-thirds majority vote of the legislature to extend the state's signature climate policy through 2031. The legislature is supposed to vote today.

Roofs, streets and trees: How LA is trying to cool down

Mayor Eric Garcetti has a goal of lowering the city's temperature three degrees by 2035 through a combination of reflective pavement, more trees, and less heat-absorbing rooftops.

How a wet winter grew California's wildfire risk

A bumper crop of grass, now withering under searing temperatures, coupled with millions of dead trees has increased the threat of fire in the Sierra Nevada.

LA to study phasing out oil drilling in the city

People in Wilmington, South LA have been complaining for years of health problems from living alongside oil wells. Now the city will study whether to shut them down.

The glitch in electric car adoption: lack of charging options

For the 40 percent of Californians who live in multi-unit apartment buildings, it's very difficult to own an electric vehicle.

Cash for CA rural counties could dry up under Trump budget

The rural West just got its biggest pay-out ever from the federal government under the PILT program. But it could be short-lived: President Trump wants to cut PILT funding by 17 percent.

How bad is the smog today? There's a map for that

The stoplight-colored Air Quality Index is updated hourly, and lets you see how bad the air pollution is in your area.