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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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. 

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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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Some New England states are expected to have higher than normal tides Monday because of the total solar eclipse, according to a Washington-state-based tides expert. 


Michael Salerno / University of Rhode Island

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island and Harvard University will start testing drinking water in Cape Cod after Labor Day for chemicals found in nonstick pans, water-resistant furniture and apparel, and firefighting foam.

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is postponing a new plan designed to reduce water pollution caused by stormwater runoff from 260 municipalities.


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National Grid wants to raise Rhode Island’s energy rates by 53 percent starting October 1. 


Catherine Welch / RIPR

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources has suspended a year-old program that provided cash incentives for locals who bought electric cars. 

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Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp., the state's central landfill operator, launched its "Let's Recycle RIght" campaign Monday to help reduce the amount of contaminated recycling loads.


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Environmental advocates across New England are pushing for a more ambitious cap on carbon pollution. 


Butch Lombardi / Audubon Society of Rhode Island

A recent report from Audubon Society of Rhode Island, a wildlife conservation organization, recorded the highest number of osprey fledglings throughout the state since monitoring of the species began in 1977.


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Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management has detected the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus in mosquitoes slightly earlier than usual.


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Climate Action RI, an environmental advocacy coalition, held a rally Saturday outside of the National Governors Association's annual summer meeting at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.


Tim Faulkner / ecoRI News

Invenergy, the company that wants to build a controversial, natural gas-fired power plant in Burrillville, is pushing back the plant's start date by at least a year. 


Dave Hansen / Newport Daily News

Water quality along the Aquidneck Island shoreline has improved overall, but isn’t perfect, according to a new report from a local environmental nonprofit.

Avory Brookins / RIPR

Tuesday morning, Bristol held its annual Fourth of July parade, which kicked off at 10:30 at the intersection of Hope and Chestnut streets.


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