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)
The stretch of Highway 1 known as Devil's Slide has plagued drivers for more than 75 years. The road, south of San Francisco, has closed numerous times due to landslides, turning a seven-mile drive down the coast into a 45-mile detour. And the sharp turns are notorious for causing collisions. Not any more: Tuesday morning two new tunnels are opening to traffic.
If you visit the slice of Central California serenity known as the Pinnacles, you might notice the sign now says, "National Park." The spot, south of Hollister, is named for the spindly rock spires at its center. The designation of the Pinnacles means California now has more national parks than any other state.
Stanford University -- a center for research on ecology and the environment -- is now facing a lawsuit from environmentalists. Searsville Dam is located at Jasper Ridge, a nature preserve on Stanford's campus. An attorney for two Bay Area environmental groups says the dam is keeping Central California Coast steelhead from the upper reaches of San Francisquito Creek. A Stanford spokeswoman says the dam itself has created a wetland area above it, which supports many species.
The implications for California posed by climate change are huge. Much of the state's electricity comes from hydro-power projects, taking advantage of steep terrain and gushing mountain rivers to churn out cheap, clean power. But climate change threatens that dependence on heavy snow in the winter and heavy runoff in the spring -- and it's a problem federal regulators have chosen to ignore.
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.