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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RI News
8:37 am
Fri May 8, 2015

RI National Guard Completes Large-Scale Emergency Drill

The Rhode Island Army National Guard concluded a four-day emergency exercise in Quonset this week to practice responding to a hazardous material disaster.

Lt. Col. Peter Parente said the scenario was a commuter train derailment that also damaged a nearby car that contained chlorine gas. Parente said the exercise brought together local, state, and federal first responders.

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Environment
8:26 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Homeland Security Picks URI To Help Prepare Nation For Climate Risks

Credit Photo Courtesy of the Coastal Resources Management Council

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has selected the University of Rhode Island (URI) to be one of two partners in its Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence.

URI is already working on a number of research and policy projects related to coastal resiliency, said Tom Miller, director of administration at URI's Graduate School of Oceanography. Miller said this partnership is an opportunity to broaden the university's reputation with the federal government when it comes to its expertise on coastal and climate issues.

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Environment
5:09 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Grant Money To Help Restore Water Quality In Narrangansett Bay Watershed

The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is the latest group to award grants that will support water quality projects in the state.

Eight projects that range from improving fish passages to restoring public access to the shoreline will benefit from more than $65,000 in grants. Tom Borden, director of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, said the money comes mostly from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Rhode Island Natural History Survey.

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Battle With The Sea
6:28 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Battle With The Sea: Across The State, Protecting Drinking Water Supplies (Part 2)

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The Rhode Island Department of Health did a comprehensive analysis to figure out which drinking water sources are most vulnerable to climate change to help water suppliers plan for the future. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza sat down with the June Swallow, chief of the Office of Drinking Water Quality at the state health department. She oversees the project called SafeWater Rhode Island

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Battle With The Sea
6:28 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Battle With The Sea: Protecting Newport's Drinking Water (Part 1)

A map by the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center, the Rhode Island Sea Grant, and the URI Environmental Data Center shows Easton Pond is vulnerable to sea level rise and storm surge.
URI/RI Sea Grant

With more than 500 public drinking water suppliers in the state, the Rhode Island Department of Health is worried about how they will cope with climate-related changes like intense rains, rising seas, and warmer temperatures. For the next installment of our series, Battle With The Sea, environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza heads to Newport, home to one of the most vulnerable drinking water supplies in the state when it comes to climate change.

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