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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Politics
8:10 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Ballot Measures About The Environment

Voters will need to vote on two ballot measures related to the environment on Tuesday. The bonds would fund projects to better treat wastewater, promote healthy communities, and strengthen the state's transit system.
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On Tuesday, voters will not only vote on candidates running for public office, they will also vote on a series of bond issues--two of them related to the environment. As part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza joined Rhode Island Public Radio Morning Edition Host Elisabeth Harrison to talk about them.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you: news@ripr.org

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Westerly Homeowners' Complaints Against Neighboring Quarry Protected

Neighbors of a quarry in Westerly say the quarry was never quarried in its past as intensely as the current operators are quarrying it today.
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A Superior Court judge recently ruled homeowners in Westerly seeking remedy for alleged nuisance from a neighboring quarry operation have the right to do so.

When two families filed a lawsuit against the quarry owner, Westerly Granite Inc., the quarry operators, Armetta LLC, formerly known as Copar Quarries, LLC, and the subconstractor Maine Drilling and Blasting, Westerly Granite responded with a counter complaint.

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Science
7:39 am
Fri October 24, 2014

URI To Lead Seafloor Research Examining Historic Climate Changes

A research team led by the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography will embark on an expedition on the R/V Knorr to collect sediment samples of the deep seafloor beginning tomorrow for 38 days.
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A research team led by the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography will embark on an expedition to collect sediment samples of the deep seafloor beginning tomorrow for 38 days. The team wants to reconstruct how and why the earth’s temperature has changed over the last 20,000 years.

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Politics
7:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Next Governor Faces Environmental Challenges

Gov. Lincoln Chafee along with state officials and environmental advocates celebrating the passage of the Resilient Rhode Island Act at the ceremonial signing of the bill.
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Rhode Island's high unemployment rate is at the top of many voters’ minds this election season. This year’s gubernatorial candidates have offered different ways to create jobs. But the Ocean State’s next governor will also need to tackle a wide range of environmental issues. As part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza explores what those issues are.

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Environment
12:25 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Highest Point For State Land Acquisition

Jerimoth Hill is known for being one of the most difficult high points to climb in the nation, not because of its elevation, but because an abutting neighbor closed off its access point.
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Jerimoth Hill, Rhode Island’s highest point at 812 feet, is officially open to the public. Brown University owned this parcel of land in Foster and handed over the land deed to the state at a ceremony this morning.

State and Brown University officials huddled with their rain jackets and umbrellas near the entrance of Jerimoth Hill along route 101 in Foster. After they watched Gov. Lincoln Chafee raise the Rhode Island flag on a flagpole, they made their way to the highest point on the property, which isn’t that much higher than the road at the entrance. 

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Politics
12:31 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Public Forum: How Fisheries Are Adapting To Changes in Narragansett Bay

RIPR environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza interviews fisherman Danny Ingram.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The waters of Narragansett Bay are becoming warmer.  Resident fish are moving away, and migrant fish are moving in.  New marine diseases are emerging, and so are invasive species.  

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Environment
6:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Shellfish Closure Extended For An Area In Upper Narragansett Bay

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The Department of Environmental Management has extended an existing shellfish closure in an area of Upper Narragansett Bay known as Conditional Area A and the Conimicut Triangle.

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
5:50 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

One Square Mile: Lobstermen And Scientists Team Up To Collect Data On Lobsters

It’s another busy day out at sea for Captain Brian Thibeault. From Point Judith, he’s steered his lobster fishing boat 20 miles offshore. He’s released a long rope with 15 lobster traps filled with bait overboard.
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Lobster populations in Southern New England were booming in the 1990s. Since then, their numbers have declined, from more than 36 million lobsters in 1997 to about 14 million in 2007. But commercial fishermen in Rhode Island say lobsters are making a comeback. And a pilot program in place today is giving lobster fishermen an opportunity to work with state and federal managers to collect data about the lobster populations in Narragansett Bay and the Rhode Island and Block Island sounds.

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OSM: Narragansett Bay
7:54 am
Tue October 7, 2014

One Square Mile: Fish Of Narragansett Bay

URI students Mary Kane (left) and Rachel Marshall are about to count, sort, and weigh all the fish species caught in this bottom trawl net.
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For the past 55 years, researchers and students from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography have trawled Narragansett Bay on a weekly basis. These trawls are one of the world's longest running surveys that track the type of fish that come and go from season to season. For our One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay series, we turn to these trawls to give us a snapshot of how fish have responded to changes.

Three URI students board the 53-foot research vessel Cap'n Bert at Wickford Harbor, as they do each week, to trawl the bay at two stations.

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Environment
2:39 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Governor Holds Ceremonial Signing Of Energy Security Act

Gov. Lincoln Chafee and other leaders have gathered at Slater Mill in Pawtucket this afternoon for a ceremonial signing of the Affordable Clean Energy Security Act, an energy bill the governor signed into law earlier this summer.

The act gives Rhode Island an opportunity to work with other New England states to address volatile electricity prices. Last winter, the New England region spent $5 billion in energy costs, nearly as much as the region spent for the entire 2012 calendar year.

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