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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Environment
7:59 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Rhode Island Continues To Make Gains In Osprey Population

Ed Hughes Courtesy of Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Bald eagles aren’t the only bird of prey thriving in Rhode Island. Ospreys are also making a comeback.

The population of ospreys substantially declined from the use of the pesticide DDT after World War II. Rhode Island initiated an osprey monitoring program in 1977 to document the fish-eating raptor’s recovery and breeding success.

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Environment
10:23 am
Fri February 20, 2015

New Company On Former Recyclables Site Faces Similar Complaints

Some residents in East Providence thought they won a victory back in 2012, when the Department of Environmental Management shut down a recycling center called TLA Pond View. But now a different company that operates at that site is also facing complaints.

The state fire marshal ordered Railside Environmental Services, LLC to stop bringing new recyclables into its East Providence facility. Deputy fire marshal Richard James said the company, also known as RES Recycling, has to truck out existing materials due to the large piles of debris.

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Environment
2:06 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

State Lawmakers Want To Find Out What Acidifying Waters Mean For The Ocean State

State lawmakers hope to create a council to study what ocean acidification could mean for Rhode Island's waters.
Credit RIPR FILE

State legislators have introduced a resolution that would create a special commission to study the effects of ocean acidification on Rhode Island.

The world’s oceans are becoming increasingly acidic from all the carbon dioxide we’re dumping into them. Important habitats and fisheries, like shellfish, are rapidly degrading in many parts of the world due to ocean’s changing chemistry.

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Environment
9:33 am
Thu February 12, 2015

New Weather Stations Provide Critical Data During Storms

National Grid has completed installing the last of seven weather stations throughout Rhode Island. This program collects local weather information in real time.

The weather stations are strategically located in Coventry, Bristol, Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, and Little Compton. The town of Westerly has had its weather station for only a couple of weeks, and already it’s proved to be useful, said Amy Grzybowski, the town’s emergency management director.

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Environment
7:32 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Aquidneck Land Trust Conserves More Than 70 Acres Of Land

Chris Hunter Collective Thought Media

The Aquidneck Land Trust has acquired 72 acres of land in Portsmouth to conserve as open space. The Land Trust recently purchased the parcel for $3 million. The scenic property at St. Mary’s Church includes 25 forested acres.

Land trust executive director Chuck Allott said the property at St. Mary’s Church includes forested land that neighbors St. Mary’s Pond, one of Aquidneck Island’s drinking water supplies.  “So it's a very important drinking water, watershed protection parcel and it's also an important habitat property because of that forested land.”

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Environment
5:45 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Bald Eagle Population Resurging In Rhode Island

Heidi Piccerelli Courtesy of Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Birders are spotting bald eagles in Rhode Island in greater numbers than ever before. As Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza reports, this is a sign the bird of prey is rebounding in much of its former geographic range, which includes New England.

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Environment
5:30 am
Wed February 11, 2015

State Climate Change Council Welcomes New Faces

The Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council, or EC4 for short, meets today for the first time this year.  New faces will join the meeting.

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Environment
9:39 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Braving The Cold Weather For Season's Best Seal Watching In Rhode Island

Seals in the Narragansett Bay. Their population have shot back after years in decline.
Credit Courtesy Save The Bay

Seals from Maine and the Atlantic Provinces of Canada start migrating to Narragansett Bay in October. But February is one of the best months for seal watching in Narragansett Bay. That’s when the number of migrating seals peaks, ranging between 300-500. 

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RI News
3:56 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Warwick To Enforce Snow Removal Ordinance With Tickets

Warwick Police intend to issue tickets today through tomorrow to businesses and homeowners who fail to remove snow from their sidewalks.

Warwick mayor Scott Avedisian said traditionally people get a grace period. But sidewalks are covered in snow and ice, posing a hazard. Avedisian said police are targeting well-traveled neighborhoods in particular.

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Weather
10:32 am
Fri February 6, 2015

RI's Arctic Freeze Expected To Last Through Weekend

Rhode Islanders will face arctic temperatures Friday.  According to the National Weather Service temperatures have been hovering in the single digits, and even hitting zero degrees in some parts of the state. Wind chills will make temperatures feel well below zero.

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