Ambar Espinoza http://ripr.org en New Program Helps Elderly Deal With Climate Change http://ripr.org/post/new-program-helps-elderly-deal-climate-change <p>A program designed to help Rhode Island's older adult population prepare for climate change threats is one of several projects that will receive federal money as part of the state's disaster recovery action plan.&nbsp; This program will receive $150,000 over the next two years.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:53:22 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 37036 at http://ripr.org State Officials Tour Obsolete Bridge In Narragansett http://ripr.org/post/state-officials-tour-obsolete-bridge-narragansett <p>This morning Gov. Lincoln Chafee and a few members of the Rhode Island delegation toured a bridge project in Narragansett. The tour showcased important infrastructure repairs the state may have to delay.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Great Island Bridge is the only connection between the Port of Galilee in Narragansett and Great Island. It’s also an important part of the community’s emergency evacuation route.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:47:18 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 36936 at http://ripr.org State Officials Tour Obsolete Bridge In Narragansett NOAA Awards Coastal Resiliency Grant To CRMC http://ripr.org/post/noaa-awards-coastal-resiliency-grant-crmc <p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded nearly $200,000 to Rhode Island to make the state’s coastline more resilient to future storms and rising sea levels.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:43:12 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 36898 at http://ripr.org NOAA Awards Coastal Resiliency Grant To CRMC Group Paddles Across Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/group-paddles-across-rhode-island <p>Four New Englanders have begun to canoe and kayak across Rhode Island from north to south to advocate for improved river access.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:01:50 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 36318 at http://ripr.org Group Paddles Across Rhode Island Galilee Boat Ramp In Narragansett Reopens http://ripr.org/post/galilee-boat-ramp-narragansett-reopens <p>The Galilee Boat Ramp in Narragansett is officially open after months of renovation. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet </span>Coit<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the improvements will enhance public access to the water in one of the state’s most popular ports for boaters and fishermen.</span></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:35:26 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35939 at http://ripr.org Debrief: A Legislative Roundup Of Bills Related To The Environment http://ripr.org/post/debrief-legislative-roundup-bills-related-environment <p>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.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>A few highlights of bills and bonds approved by the General Assembly</strong></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35804 at http://ripr.org Watershed Association And URI's Coastal Institute Sponsor Free Climate Change Lectures http://ripr.org/post/watershed-association-and-uris-coastal-institute-sponsor-free-climate-change-lectures <p>The&nbsp;Wood-Pawcatuck&nbsp;Watershed Association and the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Institute will co-sponsor a series of free public lectures on climate change, called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wpwa.org/adapting_watershed.php">Adapting the Watershed</a>.</p><p></p><p>The first lecture, which focuses on storms and floods, will take place tonight.&nbsp;The featured speakers include a hydrologist from the National Weather Service and the floodplain coordinator for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:33:47 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35824 at http://ripr.org Watershed Association And URI's Coastal Institute Sponsor Free Climate Change Lectures Kids Learn Science In Rhode Island's Outdoor Classrooms http://ripr.org/post/kids-learn-science-rhode-islands-outdoor-classrooms <p>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&nbsp;some of the learning that happened&nbsp;outside&nbsp;this past school year.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35649 at http://ripr.org Kids Learn Science In Rhode Island's Outdoor Classrooms Renewable Energy Projects Approved In The General Assembly http://ripr.org/post/renewable-energy-projects-approved-general-assembly <p>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.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:04:59 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35060 at http://ripr.org Renewable Energy Projects Approved In The General Assembly New England States Team Up To Address Rising Energy Prices http://ripr.org/post/new-england-states-team-address-rising-energy-prices <p>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.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:26:48 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35057 at http://ripr.org