Midday Newscast: October 20, 2008

Montpelier based group signs agreement to help an industrial area in China reduce its greenhouse gas emissions; public health officials say it’s only a matter of time before a deadly worldwide flu pandemic hits; more…

Maximize your composting and recycling

Get a crash course on what you can and can’t recycle, how to set up a composting system in your backyard, and what role all this plays in reducing our waste. Also, a Vermont reporter in Havana updates us on an Upper Valley youth baseball team that’s visiting Cuba.

China disputes Vermont computer recycling law

Earlier this year, a Vermont legislator says she got an unusual message from a representative of the Chinese government. China wanted to discourage Vermont from passing a law that requires computer manufacturers to pay for recycling old equipment. VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports.

Interview: Meg Young on surviving the China earthquake

Last week’s earthquake in China had a direct impact on one Middlebury College graduate. Meg Young was in the city of Chengdu when the earthquake hit, sending her running from the building crumbling around her. VPR’s Neal Charnoff spoke with Meg Young by cell phone about the earthquake.

Expert kayaker Willie Kern on the Yangtze

Willie Kern loves springtime for the same reasons many of us do, but also because he loves to run rivers. The expert kayaker and river guide can’t wait to get into Vermont’s waterways over the next few weeks, one of the best times of year for white water kayaking. We spoke with Willie Kern on a beautiful spring day by the banks of the Winooski River about what he and his friends in the kayaking community have been doing in China.

Midday Newscast: march 26, 2008

Ben and Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen helps launch a three-vehicle caravan from Burlington to protest Chinese policies in Sudan; a group of Twin Valley High School students are encouraging Vermonters to take part in a global demonstration to raise awareness about climate change; more…