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.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has joined opposition to President Donald Trump’s plan to drill for oil and gas offshore in protected federal areas of New England waters. 


Jeremy Keith / Flickr

A New Bedford fishing mogul known as "The Codfather" is facing new federal allegations for misreporting the amount of fish harvested by his fleet, this time in the scallop fishery.


RIPR

Rhode Island's Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has announced his opposition to a natural gas power plant that has been proposed for the Town of Burrillville by a Chicago-based energy company called Invenergy.  


NorthEndWaterfront.com / Flickr

Flooding during last week's snowstorm was nowhere near as extreme in Rhode Island and the South Coast as it was in areas like Boston, Scituate and Marshfield. But why? 


Juan Rodriguez

Snow hit Rhode Island and the South Coast hard Thursday, with some areas getting more than 16 inches.

Juan Rodriguez

After suspending all service Thursday afternoon because of heavy snow, RIPTA buses returned to the roads on Friday morning. However, some routes continued to experience disruptions. 

Saitec / flickr

State regulators have made it easier for solar companies to do business in the Ocean State with a new statewide permit application for solar projects. 


Andre Praxedes / Flickr

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth have been working to develop devices and computer codes that would help harness wave energy more effectively. 

RIPR File Photo

Massachusetts state regulators are reviewing proposals for large-scale offshore wind energy projects after three offshore wind developers submitted bids Wednesday. 

Gregory Heath / CSIRO

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


Avory Brookins / RIPR

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. 


2013 NORTHEAST U.S. CANYONS EXPEDITION SCIENCE TEAM / NOAA OKEANOS EXPLORER PROGRAM

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.

Avory Brookins / RIPR

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.


Elliott Brown / Flickr

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


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