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 (24 archives)
Rising seas from warming oceans are generally seen as a threat to the future. But archaeologists are realizing that it's also a threat to the past. Coastal erosion is destroying Native American sites, including graves and places where people once cooked and camped.
Scientists from around the United States are gathering in Oakland this week to attend the North American Congress for Conservation Biology. They're working to preserve biodiversity, from helping habitats adapt to sea level rise, to curbing the illegal trade in wildlife.
Officials are figuring out how to fill in the gap in energy supply this summer since the San Onofre nuclear power plant is offline. They've asked a Huntington Beach power plant to turn two retired gas units back on. They're also asking for help from consumers.
There are more than 1,400 dams in California. When the earliest of them was built, the goals were clear: store water, control floods and generate electricity. Since then, new priorities have been added, such as protecting endangered species, which makes relicensing the dams a very pricey and lengthy process.
State and local officials are under increasing pressure to plan for the changes that California will see in the decades ahead with its shifting climate. They need answers about what those changes will look like and mean for the state. Scientists are searching for those answers on several fronts, from marshes to mountaintops, to the bottom of California's oldest lake.