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.

University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island are leading a new project in the Philippines to increase the number of fish in their waters. 


Nicholas Rau / U.S. Air Force

The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island is protecting 82 acres of land from housing development in East Providence. 


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A Providence city council member is supporting a proposed statewide ban on plastic bags and disposable plastic containers. This comes after Providence’s mayor vetoed a similar measure.  

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In a divided vote, the New England Fishery Management Council is backing a new operations plan for a sector of New Bedford boats that have been prohibited from fishing. However, the council said the plan should only be approved if certain conditions are met. 

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Rhode Island's air quality is slightly improving but still needs work, according to a new report from the American Lung Association. 


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Today starts a series of final hearings for a proposed natural gas power plant in Burrillville. 

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 plans to sue 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. 


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