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.

Neil Pearson/Save The Bay

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have received a $19 million federal grant to study how man-made and natural climate changes are affecting ecosystems in Narragansett Bay.


Avory Brookins / RIPR

Jane Goodall, renowned chimp expert and conservationist, spread her message of hope for the environment during a lecture Tuesday in front of nearly 5,700 people at the University of Rhode Island.


National Hurricane Center

Forecasters predict Hurricane Jose will slowly weaken to a tropical storm as it moves up the coast, although Southeastern New England is still not in the clear.

Morton Arboretum via AP

Ash trees in New England and across the country are at risk of extinction because of a foreign beetle known as the emerald ash borer.  


Avory Brookins / RIPR

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has created a new position called "chief resiliency officer" to help the Ocean State better prepare for climate change. 


Yuri Samsonov / Shutterstock

Providence Water, which supplies about 60 percent of Rhode Island's drinking water, has made efforts to raise awareness about lead in the water supply. 

NWS Storm Track 5pm ET 9/7/17
National Weather Service

Heavy rain is in the forecast for southern New England next week as Hurricane Irma makes it way to the states, according to the National Weather Service

Avory Brookins / RIPR

A couple hundred union workers, local activists and concerned Rhode Islanders protested racism Monday during a rally and march to the Statehouse in Providence. 


RIPR File Photo

Rhode Island’s largest wastewater treatment authority is close to being powered by 100 percent renewable energy.


Natalie Renier / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A new study released this week by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has found that chemical dispersants used during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 improved air quality for first responders.


RIPR File Photo

Fishermen who attended a meeting Monday in Point Judith about upcoming groundfish stock assessments are unhappy with the data collection process for those assessments. 


paragdgala / flickr

A major Rhode Island water supplier is offering three-year, zero percent interest loans to homeowners who need to replace private lead service lines that run underground from the curb of their property to the water meter. 


Todd Klassy / Flickr

Local environmental groups are pleased with a new proposal from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce the amount of carbon emissions in New England, but some think the plan should be more ambitious.


Gerard Donnelly / flickr

Rhode Island’s Public Utilities Commission voted to raise the cost of energy at a public hearing Monday. 

Last month, National Grid proposed a 53 percent rate increase from 6.3 cents per kilowatt hour to 9.5 cents. 

Bureau of Safety and Environtal Enforcement

More than 370,000 members of a national environmental coalition have submitted comments opposing a proposal to drill for oil and gas off the East Coast.


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