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.


11:51 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Beach Cleanup Collects 16K Pounds Of Trash From Rhode Island Shores

Some 16,000 pounds of trash were collected along the Rhode Island shoreline.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The nonprofit Ocean Conservancy mobilizes an international beach cleanup each year. The results from the most recent cleanup are in. 

In Rhode Island, volunteers collected more than 16,000 pounds of trash along 59 miles of the state’s shoreline last September. Save the Bay’s July Lewis says the number one item is always cigarette butts.

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4:30 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Roger William Parks Zoo Unveils Renovation Plans

Radiated turtle
Credit Kyle Bedell via Wikimedia Commons

The Roger Williams Park Zoo this week revealed its 20-year master plan to renovate the zoo in three phases.

  Last year voters approved a bond that set aside $15 million to cover the cost of the zoo renovation’s first phase. Each phase, which will add new exhibitions, will cost $25 million. The first phase will include a new rain forest building and a new education center. The old education center will be repurposed to a reptile house, the first one in New England, said Roger Williams Park Zoo Executive Director Jeremy Goodman.

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9:59 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend To See Highest Travel Volume In 10 Years

About 33 million people nationwide will travel this Memorial Day weekend by car, according to AAA. Robert Sinclair, AAA’s Northeast region spokesman, said the numbers in this travel forecast are the highest the company has seen in the past 10 years. 

“And we're thinking that because of the economy being better, with gasoline prices being cheaper, and with lots of folks having new vehicles, that's the reason we are seeing so many people traveling,” said Sinclair. “[There is] a lot of pent up demand especially after a long, hard winter.”

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2:08 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

A Climate Chat With Sen. Whitehouse

Credit RIPR File Photo

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse delivered his 100th climate address this week on the Senate floor. He’s inviting people to join him in a Google Hangout video conference tomorrow to mark the occasion.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will join the president of the League of Conservation voters to talk about the threats climate change poses to the environment, public health, and economy. They’ll talk about some of the steps the United States is taking—and still needs to take—to combat climate change.

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6:14 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Biologists Plan To Continue Tracking Beluga Whales In Narragansett Bay

Credit Robin Angliss / NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to continue to monitor daily the three beluga whales exploring Narragansett Bay. Biologists want to make sure they return safely back to their Arctic habitat.

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