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 (30 archives)
Lake Tahoe's clear, cobalt-blue waters draw skiers, hikers and holidaymakers from across the world. But for the last 50 years, there's been fierce disagreement between those who want to further develop the land around the lake, and those who want to protect the ecosystem. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has just adopted the first update to its development plan in 25 years.
Today marks a milestone in California's quest to combat climate change. The state is holding its first cap-and-trade auction, where companies will pay for permission to emit greenhouse gases.
The American pika is a little mammal that lives at high elevations in mountains in the West. It could one day have a huge influence on America's battles over climate change. A new program is enlisting students to help scientists learn more about the cute critters. We tagged along with middle school students from Oakland, on their first adventure in the High Sierra.
It's mosquito season, and that means that West Nile virus is back. The Midwest outbreak this summer is the worst in U.S. history, with 50 deaths so far in Texas alone. Fewer people have gotten sick in California, but the disease showed up here earlier than usual. And scientists are concerned that as the climate warms, West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses will gain a stronger foothold here.
There's a growing scientific consensus that heat waves are becoming longer and hotter, and they're hitting more frequently. State officials are talking about how to respond. A plan from the state Environmental Protection Agency includes recommendations to plant more trees in cities and protect key parts of the power grid from overload.