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

Port clean air plan too slow, too vague, critics say

The plan seeks to transition all hauling and cargo-handling equipment to zero-emissions technology by 2030. Critics say that's not fast enough.

This is your body on extreme heat

No, it's not just you. This heat wave really is making you feel crappy. Experts say extreme heat saps energy, shortens breath, fogs thinking, and can stop you short with cramps.

California's national monuments will not be eliminated

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending boundary revisions for some national monuments but no eliminations.

Air emissions drop even as Port of LA has busiest year ever

SoCal's largest single source of air pollution is the ports of LA and Long Beach. Critics say the ports have a long way to go to help the area meet federal air standards.

Forests taking longer to recover from drought

Just because it rains doesn't mean the effects of drought are over. A new study finds trees are taking longer to recover, making them more vulnerable to another drought before they've fully bounced back.

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.