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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Immigration consistently ranks as the number one issue in national surveys of Latino voters, such as surveys by Latino Decisions and Univision News. But education and the economy are not far behind. As part of our RhodyVotes '16 coverage, we talked to some Latino voters about what's driving them to the polls. 

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Yesterday at Brown University, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz spoke at a roundtable focused on clean energy and climate change. He talked about Mission Innovation, a global commitment by the United States and 19 other countries to double investments in developing clean energy technologies.

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Environmental officials in Massachusetts are trying to restore an endangered population of native rattlesnakes. The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence is helping out with the project.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is widely expected to win Rhode Island later this month. But some local Republicans are not happy with the idea of Trump as their nominee.

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Historic places all over the world face the challenge of rising seas as a result of climate change. Preservationists have convened in Newport this week to talk about how to protect these treasured places.

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Word-game enthusiasts may be familiar with Bananagrams. Created by a Rhode Island family, it's kind of like Scrabble, but without a board. 

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The freshwater fishing season has officially begun. More than 100 waterways across the state have been stocked with trout.

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The head of the National Science Foundation visits the Ocean State today. She’ll meet with researchers, scientists and educators throughout the state.

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova will stop by Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Rhode Island to meet with the state’s top scientists.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is hosting Córdova for the day to show her some of the groundbreaking research happening in the state.

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Two elected officials representing Burrillville are asking state regulators to deny approving a proposed power plant in their town. 

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Minimizing damage from future floods will be the focus of a gathering today in Smithfield.

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Driving and flying are known for having heavy carbon footprints. But sailing across oceans also contributes to environmental pollution. A two-day workshop in Narragansett will focus on how to make boats and ports more sustainable.

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Nearly 800 people showed up for the first public hearing of a proposed power plant in Burrillville. The 900-megawatt facility would be the state’s largest power plant, if approved. 

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  A Brown University professor and a climate expert is adding his voice in opposition to a power plant proposed in Burrillville.

J. Timmons Roberts filed written testimony on behalf of the Conservation Law Foundation, one of several groups participating in hearings for the proposed power plant. Roberts said the plant will make it impossible for Rhode Island to meet emission reduction goals outlined in the state’s climate change law.

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In an effort to slow the effects of climate change, Roger Williams University is spearheading a tree-planting campaign. Trees can absorb and store rising concentrations of carbon dioxide, which are responsible for global warming.

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