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 (28 archives)
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.
Despite the state's push toward renewable energy, most Californians can't choose solar power at home -- perhaps they rent, don't have roofs with good exposure to the sun, or can't afford solar panels. But a bill moving through the state legislature may soon provide a way for more people to jump on board the clean energy bandwagon.
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.