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.

Ways To Connect

Federal officials are collecting public comments this week about National Grid’s proposal to build a liquefied natural gas facility in Providence. Residents can sign up to speak at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s public hearing beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 8 at Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex.

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Ocean planners from near and far will gather for the annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus to exchange ideas about how to continue to share the ocean.

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Humans have been harnessing energy from rivers for thousands of years. Think water wheels from Ancient Greece and modern hydropower plants, like the Hoover Dam. Brown University engineers have a new take on a hydropower device that could harness enough energy to power communities in remote locations or along fast-flowing rivers.

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The lead federal agency involved in the Block Island Wind Farm has embarked on a five-year study to examine the project’s environmental impact.

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Brown University researchers studying contaminated sites around the state have gotten a $10.8 million dollar boost from the federal government to continue their work for the next five years.

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Cities and towns across the state will collectively receive half a million dollars from the state’s landfill agency for recycling.

Deepwater Wind is still on schedule to complete the first construction phase of the Block Island Wind Farm, despite issues related to equipment reliability and worker safety. Contractors have about one more month of construction to go, according to Grover Fugate, the executive director of the Coastal Resources Management Council.

Fugate said Deepwater Wind has gotten its contractors to implement safety recommendations and replace inadequate equipment for choppy ocean conditions.

Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse have asked President Obama to share details about his plans to designate areas off the New England coast as a marine national monument.

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Scientists from the Department of Environmental Management are investigating fish die-offs in the Seekonk River and Pawtuxet Cove. 


President Obama wants to permanently protect underwater canyons and sea mountains off the coast of Cape Cod and a mountain chain in the Gulf of Maine. He would do so by using a law presidents have historically used to establish national monuments, such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. But his proposal got a mixed reception at a town hall meeting hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Tuesday night.

Fighting Against Natural Gas

Activists with the environmental advocacy group Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG) say they remain committed to their fight against an upgrade of Spectra Energy’s natural gas facility in Burrillville. Spectra Energy is responding to the protest.


A year after a solar decathlon competition in France, the one-of-a-kind solar house designed and built by students at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, Germany is in the limelight. Fast Company has selected this solar house as one of nine finalists for its 2015 “Innovation by Design” student awards.

NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program/2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed the first-ever national monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The designation would protect three deep-sea canyons off the coast of southern New England, and a chain of mountains, Cashes Ledge, in the Gulf of Maine. NOAA is holding a town hall meeting to discuss the proposal tomorrow night.

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In Bristol this weekend, live owls, hawks, and other birds of prey will take center stage at the Audubon Society’s Environmental Education Center. The annual event Raptor Weekend will also feature photographs by a local bird photographer.

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Nearly three years after Superstorm Sandy, some Rhode Island residents are still dealing with the aftermath. And it’s not just damage to buildings and property. These Rhode Islanders are struggling with mental illness related to stress.