Emily Guerin

Senior Environment Reporter

Contact Emily Guerin

Emily Guerin is the Senior Environment Reporter at KPCC. She has been reporting on energy and environmental issues in the American West since 2012.

Guerin came to KPCC from North Dakota, where she covered the state’s historic oil and gas boom for Inside Energy, a multimedia journalism collaboration covering energy issues in Wyoming, Colorado and North Dakota. She won multiple awards for her reporting, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for stories on oilfield spills.

Previously, she lived in a town of 1,200 on Colorado’s rural Western Slope while reporting on natural resource and environmental issues for the Western magazine High Country News. She has also lead wilderness trips for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

Guerin got her start in journalism reporting on the hidden back stories of abandoned buildings in Portland, Maine, while writing a column called “That’s My Dump!”

She graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Environmental Studies and History. Emily enjoys exploring out-of-the-way and otherwise overlooked places, a good cup of tea and riding her bike. She has lived in all four U.S. time zones.

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Stories by Emily Guerin

Smog from Asia found in US national parks

A new study found that much of the rise in ozone pollution in western U.S. national parks is from fast-developing Asian countries like China.

Drought-busting rains have another upside: Cleaner air

Particulate matter pollution is typically worse in the winter, but this year's storms have made for one of the clearest winters in years.

Want alerts about coyote sightings in your neighborhood?

A new mobile app aims to help agencies make better coyote management decisions and let you know about coyote activity nearby.

Does trapping and killing coyotes actually work?

Arcadia just became the latest SoCal city to start lethal control. But wildlife experts say trapping and killing does little to reduce the coyote population.

10 things Southern Californians should know about the Oroville Dam crisis

A third of our water comes from Northern California — Lake Oroville in particular. What happens there has implications for SoCal.

Western monarch butterflies still in trouble

Results from the latest winter count of California's coastal monarchs show the population is just 26% of what it was in the 1990s.

State water board extends drought emergency through May

Water agencies say the state is crying wolf by maintaining a drought emergency when the winter has been so wet. But the state says it's too soon to end the restrictions.

California going it alone on climate rules – again

Congress is poised to repeal an Obama-era regulation on methane emissions from oil and gas. California, meanwhile, is going forward with the nation's strictest rules.

AQMD postpones vote on plan to cut smog by 50 percent

Environmentalists say the proposed plan doesn’t ask enough of industry. Meanwhile, industry groups urged the board not to regulate them any further and pass the plan now.

Does climate law make communities of color more polluted?

Environmental justice activists say cap and trade does nothing to cut emissions of toxic chemicals in disadvantaged communities. They want the program thrown out.

New map IDs epicenter of Sierra Nevada tree mortality

Researchers say trees growing in hotter, drier and crowded forests are more likely to die. They say prescribed burns and thinning can help.

Brown's budget calls for build-up of rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to announce his budget proposal Tuesday against a backdrop of lower state revenues and threats of federal funding cuts.

Can the AQMD raise $1 billion a year to clean up the air?

Critics say the AQMD doesn't have a "Plan B" if the money fails to come through. The agency says there's no other acceptable choice.

California snowpack measures low, but storms are on their way

The snowpack is vital because it provides roughly a third of California's water by melting in warm, dry months, providing water for drinking, farming and wildlife.

Hot, dry, not enough snow: Southern California's 2016 weather in 5 charts

2016 was the third-hottest year on record in Southern California. It rained more than in the past, but we're still in a deep drought.