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Farmstart photo courtesy of The Kindling Trust

The future of farming?

Manchester’s first business incubator farm is growing but it is a long way from where it needs to be. Deborah Linton interviews The Kindling Trust's Chris Walsh to find out more.

Naomi Klein

Hope, not fate: interview with Naomi Klein

Time is running out if we’re to avoid catastrophic climate change. But Naomi Klein says that a total overhaul of capitalism might just give us a chance. Interview by Kevin Gopal, editor of the Big Issue in the North.

Future climate in focus as 2014 sets new record temperature

As news breaks of another record-setting year for the global climate, what does the climate shift mean for our towns and cities? A ‘Future Climate Forum’ in February will be looking for some answers.

'Man Approaching Footbridge' by Flickr user Helen M Bushe

ESTA leaves legacy for Local Enterprise Partnerships

The Environmental Sustainability Technical Assistance (ESTA) project closed in December 2014.

Manchester skyline by Steve Connor

Events programme launched on the ‘State of the Climate’

New events series launched to create a 'Future Climate Forum' for the Northwest. Dan Griffiths of the Northwest Climate Change Partnership explains more.

City of Wuhan taken by Flickr user ChaChaWei published under a Creative Commons license

Smart cities and a working week in Wuhan

Greater Manchester businesses with a possible part to play in ‘smart city solutions’ are being offered the chance to join a partnership project with Manchester’s sister city, Wuhan in Central China.

Ian Wray’s proposed Pennines National Park

Framing the future, with IPPR’s Great North Plan

How do we address huge disparities in infrastructure funding between London and the South East and the rest of Britain? Perhaps we need a Great North Plan.

Liège-Guillemins station designed by Santiago Calatrava courtesy of Flickr user Stijn Hosdez

On track for agglomeration: learning from Europe on High Speed Rail

Steve Connor reports on the Independent Transport Commission’s new report on the spatial effects of High Speed Rail investment schemes across Europe.

Equity, sustainability and the 'viable economy'

Mark Burton presents the Steady State Manchester team's 'Viable Economy' pamphlet

Manchester skyline by Simone Ridyard

Beautiful, healthy cities? We need a dialogue with Denmark

Danish and British experts are meeting in Manchester to ask a critical question: how do we create beautiful cities with a more resilient economy, healthier residents and a better quality of life for everyone?

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