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.


9:16 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Is Climate Change Stressing Out RI?

Waves crash over the sea wall and into the streets of Narragansett during Hurricane Sandy.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Natural disasters and extreme weather events cause great physical damage, but they can also take a toll on mental health. That’s the topic the state Department of Health and the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council will explore this week at workshops they are co-sponsoring.

The workshops are tailored for mental health practitioners, health department employees, and the general public.

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7:00 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Falcons Nesting In Providence, And More Signs Of Spring

The Audubon Society's Jeff Hall said it may be a good idea to keep bird feeders out longer, because nesting takes a lot of energy. This recent harsh winter took a toll on birds.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

The female falcon that nested atop the Superman building last year is back this spring. The falcon laid her first egg less than a week ago, according to Jeff Hall, senior director of advancement for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

Through the organization’s Peregrine webcam, bird enthusiasts are observing the falcon and her male partner taking turns at the nest. Hall said the falcon will sit on her eggs constantly until all her eggs are laid.

“So all the eggs will then mature, if you would, at the same time,” said Hall. “so they’ll all hatch around the same time.”

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RI News
3:09 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Federal Government Awards RIEMA $7 Million For Disaster Preparedness

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have awarded the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) with a total of $7 million. The money will enhance the state’s efforts to plan for emergencies.

Members of the Rhode Island congressional delegation are praising the $7 million as a smart investment. They point to this winter’s extreme snowfall, and events like Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Marathon Bombing as stark reminders about why it’s important to be prepared for unexpected emergencies.

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1:09 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

NOAA Awards $1.6 million To RI Sea Grant Program

Credit RIPR File Photo

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has infused $1.6 million into the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program. This money will support ongoing research and conservation projects in the Ocean State.

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RI News
5:47 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Judge Upholds East Providence Ban On Cat, Dog Sales

Credit Jonathan Kriz

  It’s illegal for stores in the city of East Providence to sell cats and dogs. A federal district judge has upheld a city ordinance banning the sale of these pets.

Last year, East Providence passed an ordinance that bans the sale of dogs and cats. The owner of a local pet store took the city to court to fight the ordinance’s constitutionality.

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