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
8:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Rhode Island College Project To Address Honeybee Population Decline

Rhode Island College recently opened an outdoor Bee Education Center, which will serve as a hub for programming to promote the honeybee’s crucial role in crop production and solutions to the alarming decline of the U.S. honeybee population.
Credit Courtesy of Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College is on a mission to improve the state’s declining honeybee population. Honeybees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. They pollinate nuts, fruits, and vegetables. The honeybee population has declined dramatically nationwide by more than 50 percent over the last 75 years.

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Environment
4:30 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Westerly Quarry Agrees To Settle EPA Claims

A quarry in Westerly has agreed to settle claims by the Environmental Protection Agency that it violated federal clean air standards. 

The EPA cited Copar Quarries, LLC, last year for failing to do three things: to notify the EPA that it started up business in 2011, to conduct the required emissions testing, and to keep proper inspection log books.

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Rhody Votes 2014
9:33 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Latino Voters Important As Ever In Rhode Island Elections

The Latino vote could prove very influential in Rhode Island's elections.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Latinos in Rhode Island make up 8.6 percent of eligible voters in the state. And that is why the Ocean State is one of 12 where the share of eligible Latino voters is larger than the current polling margin between gubernatorial candidates, according to a report by Latino Decisions, a survey research organization specializing in voting behaviors among Latinos.

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Environment
3:04 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Where To Recycle Light Bulbs With Mercury

Credit Kevin Rector / Creative Commons via Wikipedia

Wondering what to do with burnt-out light bulbs that contain mercury? Thirteen hardware stores across the state are now collection sites for recycling compact fluorescent light bulbs and linear bulbs up to 4 feet long. Mercury is a neurotoxin. It can affect memory, cognitive thinking, and fine motor skills. The most common exposure to mercury is through eating contaminated fish.

    

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Politics
8:10 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Ballot Measures About The Environment

Voters will need to vote on two ballot measures related to the environment on Tuesday. The bonds would fund projects to better treat wastewater, promote healthy communities, and strengthen the state's transit system.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

On Tuesday, voters will not only vote on candidates running for public office, they will also vote on a series of bond issues--two of them related to the environment. As part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza joined Rhode Island Public Radio Morning Edition Host Elisabeth Harrison to talk about them.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you: news@ripr.org

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Westerly Homeowners' Complaints Against Neighboring Quarry Protected

Neighbors of a quarry in Westerly say the quarry was never quarried in its past as intensely as the current operators are quarrying it today.
Google Earth Images

A Superior Court judge recently ruled homeowners in Westerly seeking remedy for alleged nuisance from a neighboring quarry operation have the right to do so.

When two families filed a lawsuit against the quarry owner, Westerly Granite Inc., the quarry operators, Armetta LLC, formerly known as Copar Quarries, LLC, and the subconstractor Maine Drilling and Blasting, Westerly Granite responded with a counter complaint.

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Science
7:39 am
Fri October 24, 2014

URI To Lead Seafloor Research Examining Historic Climate Changes

A research team led by the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography will embark on an expedition on the R/V Knorr to collect sediment samples of the deep seafloor beginning tomorrow for 38 days.
Tom Kleindinst © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A research team led by the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography will embark on an expedition to collect sediment samples of the deep seafloor beginning tomorrow for 38 days. The team wants to reconstruct how and why the earth’s temperature has changed over the last 20,000 years.

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Politics
7:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Next Governor Faces Environmental Challenges

Gov. Lincoln Chafee along with state officials and environmental advocates celebrating the passage of the Resilient Rhode Island Act at the ceremonial signing of the bill.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Rhode Island's high unemployment rate is at the top of many voters’ minds this election season. This year’s gubernatorial candidates have offered different ways to create jobs. But the Ocean State’s next governor will also need to tackle a wide range of environmental issues. As part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza explores what those issues are.

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Environment
12:25 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Highest Point For State Land Acquisition

Jerimoth Hill is known for being one of the most difficult high points to climb in the nation, not because of its elevation, but because an abutting neighbor closed off its access point.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Jerimoth Hill, Rhode Island’s highest point at 812 feet, is officially open to the public. Brown University owned this parcel of land in Foster and handed over the land deed to the state at a ceremony this morning.

State and Brown University officials huddled with their rain jackets and umbrellas near the entrance of Jerimoth Hill along route 101 in Foster. After they watched Gov. Lincoln Chafee raise the Rhode Island flag on a flagpole, they made their way to the highest point on the property, which isn’t that much higher than the road at the entrance. 

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Politics
12:31 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Public Forum: How Fisheries Are Adapting To Changes in Narragansett Bay

RIPR environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza interviews fisherman Danny Ingram.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The waters of Narragansett Bay are becoming warmer.  Resident fish are moving away, and migrant fish are moving in.  New marine diseases are emerging, and so are invasive species.  

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