Avory Brookins

Environment Reporter

Avory started as Rhode Island Public Radio's environment reporter in April 2017.  Before joining the station, she was a general assignment reporter at Wisconsin Public Radio. Previously she reported on health, science and the community for Philadelphia's public radio station, WHYY.

Avory is a Philadelphia native and proud Temple Owl.

When she's not reporting on the environment, she loves listening to K-pop, watching K-dramas, and researching Korean culture.

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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which caps power plant carbon emissions in participating states, is expected to expand to New Jersey and Virginia. 


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The nation's first offshore wind farm about four miles off the coast of Block Island celebrated its one-year anniversary Tuesday. The wind farm supplies power to nearly 2,000 customers on the island and is saving those ratepayers money. Residents say the wind turbines have positively impacted tourism, but there are some disappointments too.  

Ed Hughes

Birders may catch a glimpse of more snowy owls this winter, as more than a dozen have already been spotted throughout Rhode Island since Thanksgiving. Typically, only a few snowy owls are seen throughout the state this time of year. 


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Protections of a marine national monument made up of underwater mountains and canyons 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod could be at risk after President Donald Trump significantly scaled back the boundaries of two national monuments in Utah Monday - the biggest reduction of monument protections in U.S. history.

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Boston is close to banning plastic bags after a unanimous city council vote Wednesday. Several Rhode Island municipalities have also banned the bags, but some advocates make the case for a statewide ban.


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Rhode Island officials recently released a report with recommendations on how to modernize the state’s electrical grid. 


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For some families in Rhode Island this Thanksgiving, a fresh wild turkey may be on the menu. However, that wouldn't have been possible just four decades ago. 

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The CEO of ISO New England, the region’s electrical grid operator, says it may be wrong to claim that a proposed natural gas-fired power plant in Burrillville is not needed. 


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Two organizations backed by the fossil fuel industry are hosting a forum on energy Friday morning in Cranston.

Dave Messick / Maryland Biodiversity Project

The Atlantic Menhaden Board voted earlier this week to stick to the status quo when managing the menhaden fishery and made slight changes to the annual catch limit. However, Saving Seafood, a group that represents the commercial fishing industry, has mixed feelings about those changes.  


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Fishing companies are at odds with Rhode Island environmental advocacy groups over proposed changes for the menhaden fishing industry.

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Rhode Island chapters of the Sierra Club, Clean Water Action and 350 RI are endorsing Democratic State Representative Aaron Regunberg for lieutenant governor.

Frank Marenghi / Maryland Department of Natural Resources

A Rhode Island environmental coalition has been meeting with Governor Gina Raimondo and other state leaders to push for changes in the menhaden fishing industry. 


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A new study recently released by The Nature Conservancy, a global wildlife conservation group, has found the majority of coastal sites, such as wetlands and salt marshes, in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 


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Invenergy, the developer of a proposed, controversial natural gas power plant in Burrillville, is now barred from participating in an important regional electricity auction next February, potentially making it harder for the project to move forward.

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