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.

Seaver Anderson / University of Rhode Island

Scientists will be tracking the movement of migratory fish along the Pawcatuck River this spring. It's the first time the entire river has been accessible to fish since the 1880s.


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An offshore wind developer is seeking comments from the public on potential environmental impacts of its proposed Massachusetts project, which could be the nation's first large-scale offshore wind farm if approved. 

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A Rhode Island official tasked with deciding the fate of a controversial natural gas power plant in Burrillville is resigning from state service effective April 13. 

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Rhode Island’s attorney general is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for delaying enforcement of an air quality regulation aimed at reducing methane emissions from landfills. 

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National Grid's response to power outages caused by a major storm last October was too slow, causing a 36-hour delay in power restoration, according to a report released Monday by Rhode Island state regulators.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has vetoed an ordinance that would have charged a fee of at least 10 cents for single-use paper and plastic bags in the city.

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A Massachusetts-based environmental group says the state has the potential to generate more offshore wind energy than any other state along the East Coast.

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An advocate for environmental justice says communities of color need to take charge of their own economies to better-prepare for the effects of climate change.


Ken Conger

A Rhode Island science writer chronicles the fall and rise of sea otters in a new book released Tuesday. 


Jeff Hall / Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Alfred Hawkes, a prominent environmentalist in Rhode Island who has been described as the "environmental conscience of Rhode Island for decades," passed away Thursday at the age of 90. 

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The Providence City Council has passed an ordinance discouraging shoppers from single-use paper or plastic bags. 

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Rhode Island lawmakers will hear public testimony Thursday on a bill that would put teeth into Rhode Island’s carbon emissions reduction goals.


First The Storm, Now The Cleanup... Again

Mar 13, 2018
John Bender

The third winter storm this month knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents and businesses, closed schools and state offices, and dropped more than foot of snow in some parts of Rhode Island and the South Coast. Blizzard conditions were confirmed in some areas, including Newport.

Lynn Arditi / RIPR

As of Wednesday morning, National Grid had restored to power to many customers in Rhode Island and the South Coast who lost it during the storm. After a high of more than 27,000 homes and businesses in the dark, the utility reported just 4,439 still lacked power in Rhode Island by 10 a.m.

Avory Brookins / RIPR

Friday is the last day for public comment on the Trump administration’s proposal to open up New England waters to offshore oil and gas drilling. 

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