KQED Radio Staff
Multimedia Producer, Climate Watch
Molly Samuel joined KQED as an intern in 2007, and since then has worked here as a reporter, producer, director and blogger. Before becoming Multimedia Producer, she was an occasional contributor and fill-in producer for Climate Watch.
Molly has also reported for NPR, KALW and High Country News, and has produced audio stories for The Encyclopedia of Life and the Oakland Museum of California. She was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism and a journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Molly has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.
Stories (34 archives)
This week, the federal government proposed new rules to improve the safety of trains carrying crude oil after a number of recent explosions, including one in Quebec that killed 47 people. The changes could take several years to kick in, but in the meantime more and more oil trains are coming to California.
Trains carrying crude oil into California would be made safer under new regulations proposed by federal officials. There have been a number of fiery derailments in other parts of North America in the past year. Last July, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken formation exploded in the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people.
Little has been known about shipments of volatile crude oil moving through California by rail, until now. The state has just revealed that tank cars loaded with oil from the Bakken formation, a crude that has a history of exploding, rumble through downtown Sacramento and through Stockton about once a week. Before they get there, they travel along the Feather River, a major tributary of the Sacramento and a key source of drinking water.
What if using cloud computing to store huge amounts of genetic information led to new ways to diagnose and even treat autism? Google is offering just that kind of computing muscle, teaming up with an advocacy group called Autism Speaks.
The city of Pittsburg, 20 miles east of Oakland, is considering a new oil terminal that would supply crude to Bay Area refineries. It would bring in oil via ship, pipeline and railroad. But there have been a number of recent accidents around the United States involving rail shipments of crude oil -- and some locals are concerned about the safety of the project.