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
3:26 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Three Healthy, Adult Beluga Whales Still Swimming In Narragansett Bay

Three beluga whales spotted in Narragansett Bay are healthy adult males, likely from the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada. 

(Video courtesy of Matt Jarbeau)

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Environment
5:30 am
Mon May 11, 2015

New Tool Aims To Help Scallop Fishery Adapt To Climate Change

Current management of sea scallops does not take into consideration longer-term changes, such as ocean warming and acidification.
Courtesy of Northeast Fisheries Science Center NOAA

Oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb all the carbon emissions humans release into the air. And it could impact the Atlantic seaboard’s scallop industry, which brings in hundreds of millions of dollars. A team of researchers is working to predict just how bad the damage might be.

Researchers with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the nonprofit Ocean Conservancy unveiled a computer program that analyzes data on changes in the ocean, the scallop population, and the economy.

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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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