Ambar Espinoza

Environmental Reporter

Ambar Espinoza’s roots in environmental journalism started in Rhode Island a few years ago as an environmental reporting fellow at the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting. She worked as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio for a few years covering several beats, including the environment and changing demographics. Her journalism experience includes working as production and editorial assistant at National Public Radio, and as a researcher at APM’s Marketplace.

Espinoza joins Rhode Island Public Radio most recently from Seattle, WA, where she earned a master of education with a focus on science education from the University of Washington. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from American University in Washington, D.C. Espinoza was born in El Salvador and raised in Los Angeles, CA.

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Environment
7:01 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Group Paddles Across Rhode Island

Chuck Horbert of Scituate, Jim Cole of Charlestown, David Smith of Westerly, and Bill Luther of Seekonk, Mass., will paddle across Rhode Island for eight days. They started their journey on the Blackstone River in North Smithfield.
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Four New Englanders have begun to canoe and kayak across Rhode Island from north to south to advocate for improved river access. 

Their journey started at the Blackstone River in North Smithfield. They'll paddle and portage their way down to Westerly.  Chuck Horbert of Scituate said their route will take them through eight different rivers, portions of the upper Narragansett Bay, and through 17 of the state's 39 cities and towns. Horbert, who sits on the board of the Rhode Island Blueways Alliance, said this trip is a personal challenge.

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Environment
10:35 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Galilee Boat Ramp In Narragansett Reopens

The Galilee Boat Ramp in Narragansett is officially open after months of renovation.  

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit said the improvements will enhance public access to the water in one of the state’s most popular ports for boaters and fishermen.

Environment
5:45 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Debrief: A Legislative Roundup Of Bills Related To The Environment

This week we’re bringing our reporters into the studio for legislative roundups. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza joined Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about how the environment fared during this legislative session. 

A few highlights of bills and bonds approved by the General Assembly

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Environment
7:33 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Watershed Association And URI's Coastal Institute Sponsor Free Climate Change Lectures

The University of Rhode Island
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The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association and the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Institute will co-sponsor a series of free public lectures on climate change, called Adapting the Watershed.

The first lecture, which focuses on storms and floods, will take place tonight. The featured speakers include a hydrologist from the National Weather Service and the floodplain coordinator for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.

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Local Feature
5:30 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Kids Learn Science In Rhode Island's Outdoor Classrooms

Wearing purple gloves, these fourth graders spoon out different types of water bugs collected from the Ten Mile River and sort them. They're participating in the Narragansett Bay Commission's Woon Watershed Explorers program.
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For most students, learning science happens in a classroom with textbooks and science kits. With tight school budgets and an emphasis on testing, there’s not always enough time to get outside and explore. But many groups across Rhode Island often take kids outdoors to poke around in nature. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza gives us a glimpse of some of the learning that happened outside this past school year. 

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Environment
10:04 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Renewable Energy Projects Approved In The General Assembly

Wind turbines in the Port of Providence
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The General Assembly voted to pass bills that extend and expand a program designed to stimulate renewable energy projects in the Ocean State. Government officials and environmental advocates consider this a big win and game changer for the state.

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Environment
9:26 am
Thu June 12, 2014

New England States Team Up To Address Rising Energy Prices

New Englanders spent $5 billion in electricity last winter, compared to $5.2 billion for all of 2012. That's why each of the New England states has introduced legislation in their respective states to address the problem of rising electricity prices. But environmental advocacy groups are worried this regional collaboration would promote unnecessary natural gas projects.

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Environment
3:39 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Rhode Island In Good Shape To Meet EPA's Carbon Emission Plan

Rhode Island is in good shape to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed plan to reduce emissions from power plants, according to scientists with the Department of Environmental Management.

The EPA’s proposed plan is to cut emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and an additional 5 percent by 2030. It’s using emissions from 2005 as a baseline. The DEM’s supervising air quality specialist Frank Stevenson said the plan takes into consideration existing regional initiatives to cut carbon pollution. And that’s good news.

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Politics
5:52 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

First Lady's Initials Welded At Keel Laying Ceremony

"I declare this keel to be well and truly laid," said First Lady Michelle Obama, shortly after she took a look at the welded version of her initials with Electric Boat welder, Michael Macomber (left), and Electric Boat CEO Jeff Geiger.
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First Lady Michelle Obama participated in a keel laying ceremony of a new submarine this afternoon at the Electric Boat's Quonset Point Facility in North Kingstown.

Less than a month ago, the U.S. Navy awarded $17.6 billion, its largest contract, to Electric Boat and its construction partner Newport News Shipbuilding, to build 10 new attack submarines for the fleet the Virginia class. The First Lady is the sponsor of the fleet's 13th submarine, the Illinois, named after the First Family's home state.

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Environment
9:29 am
Fri May 30, 2014

State Joins Others In Pledge To Get Zero-Emission Cars On The Roads

Rhode Island has joined seven other states in trying to get millions more zero-emission cars on the road by 2025.
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Rhode Island and seven other states have released their action plan for their collective pledge to put 3.3 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025. It's an effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from the transportation sector.

Energy Commissioner Marion Gold of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources says this commitment is in line with the state's goal to curb greenhouse gas emissions. She says the state's energy plan, and the governor's executive council on climate change underscore the goal's importance.

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