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Is blue the new green?

Can Manchester become the capital of the north's waterways? What's the future for our rivers? Walter Menzies invites you to attend the 2014 Manchester and Pennine Waters Forum on 19 June to ask questions and share ideas.

Liverpool Arena

From a regenerated Mersey to global Atlantic Gateway

Walter Menzies, former CEO of The Mersey Basin Campaign introduces the latest projects from the Atlantic Gateway Partnership including plans to create a 'Landscape for Prosperity'.

Manchester cleans up its act with 14m windfall

Manchester's new Clean City initiative promises a greener city - but the council needs help from residents and community groups to make that a reality, writes Clare Wiley.

Responsible Tourism comes to Manchester

From Tripadvisor to Google Glass, the 8th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations will explore the challenges and opportunities currently facing sustainable tourism, reports Clare Wiley.

Medlock in Daisy Nook Country Park via Flickr user Pedrik

Restoring the River Medlock

Mark Hillsdon looks at the efforts being made to rejuvenate and restore the River Medlock under the European Water Framework Directive.

Bee Sustainable

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles the Bury-based renewable energy co-operative seeking to bring community energy generation and community ownership together.

The Fallowfield Loopline

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles the 21st Century relevance of 19th Century urban infrastructure.

Ancoats Canal Project

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles efforts to revitalize an old industrial infrastructure in Ancoats.

Humber Bridge by Angie

Essay: Spanning our expectations; the work of building bridges

In this essay, Phil Griffin takes a journey from Hull to Salford and uncovers the aesthetic, symbolic and very real opportunities that a humble (and not-so-humble) bridge can create.

Tonkin Liu to bridge the Irwell

As the winning design for a new Salford footbridge is announced, Phil Griffin considers what bridging the Irwell could mean for the city.

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