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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The number of days with temperatures over 80 degrees has gone up by nearly a third. That's the latest finding of a new Brown University study.

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Work is underway to remove the White Rock Dam on the Pawcatuck River, along the Rhode Island/Connecticut border.The dam was built in 1940.

The White Rock Dam is located seven miles from the mouth of the Pawcatuck River, near Westerly and Stonington, Ct. Dams have restricted its flow since before the American Revolutionary War. The current dam stands six feet tall and more than 100 feet long. 

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency made a stop in Rhode Island on Tuesday to discuss federal initiatives on climate change. The meetings included Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and about 20 business leaders.

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Rhode Island’s clean energy sector supports nearly 10,000 jobs, according to a new report from the state’s Office of Energy Resources. The report is based on surveys of more than 650 businesses.

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Students in Newport will learn tips during the new school year on how to stay out of harm’s way when they walk and bike to school.

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A group of local science teachers got to see science in action aboard a research cruise this summer. They worked with scientists from the University of Rhode Island.

Westerly residents are asking the town council to drop or modify a consent agreement it signed last year with the owner and tenants of a controversial quarry. 

Charges will mostly likely be dismissed for two climate activists, who were arrested earlier this month in Burrillville. They chained themselves to the front gate of a Spectra Energy facility to protest plans for an expansion.

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Fisheries managers and conservationists are concerned about this year's sharp drop in migrating river herring at most river runs in the state. Some areas saw declines of more than 80 percent.

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Federal fisheries officials will work with coastal states including Rhode Island over the next year to ease the impact of climate change on marine resources. The fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has outlined a new strategy, which will guide regional action plans it will finalize by the end of 2016.

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Fishermen in the Gulf of Maine have been harvesting lobsters at record highs. That’s in contrast to fishermen in Southern New England, where there has been a sharp decline in the lobster population since the late 1990s. 

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The Connecticut-based company operating a controversial quarry in Westerly has voluntarily shut down. The quarry has been a source of frustration for residents, who have complained about dust and noise pollution.

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A research team led by Brown University is studying a promising new type of solar cell to produce electricity. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza reports the project has received a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Scientists from the University of Rhode Island are hosting eight local teachers aboard a research vessel owned by the National Science Foundation. The teachers are getting a first-hand look at the scientific process.

Researchers are warning residents to drink plenty of water and keep to the shade on hot summer days like today. A study from Brown University and the Rhode Island Department of Health finds that hot temperatures affect people of all ages, not just children and seniors.