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Metropolitan Revolution

So what's so special about Manchester then, Bruce?

Jess Symons reports on 'An audience with Bruce Katz' and the Metropolitan Revolution reshaping America, and Manchester.

Steve Bosak, Chief Executive, Society for Ecological Restoration and Vincent Walsh at the Biospheric Foundation, Salford, Greater Manchester, July 2013 (Photo. D.Haley).

Manchester wins conference on 'Resilience Ecology'

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) has confirmed Manchester as the destination for the 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration after 'Team Manchester' impressed decision-makers with the city's sustainable credentials.

Tony White by Karen Regn

Post-melt dystopia and the Literature Festival

Karen Regn reports on how the Manchester Literature Festival is tackling climate change with 'Shackleton's Man Goes South' and a concerted effort around its own sustainability.

Manchester experts help shape EU climate policy

Manchester's climate change experts helped shape the direction of EU policy for adaptation this week, having been called upon to advise Europe on how it can prepare for future changes in our weather and climate.

from space

Greater Manchester - the Natural Capital

Manchester today staged an event looking at the future of natural capital, with an emphasis on the measures being taken to protect biodiversity within the Greater Manchester conurbation.

Balloon flowers in city centre Manchester

The garden city of downtown Manchester

Simon Binns of Cityco explains the drive behind Dig the City and its ongoing success in turning the Heart of Manchester into a green oasis.

Barton road Corn Mill & Aqueduct & lock on River Irwell from Chetham Library's 1773 Mullineux Collection

Bringing life back to the Irwell

The river makes the city: Mark Hillsdon reports on the continued transformation of the River Irwell and the development plans that run along its course.

Library walk

Greater Manchester's sustainability in numbers

If you can't measure it, you can't manage it, so here's Platform's first attempt at running the numbers on Greater Manchester's sustainability efforts, from waste, to cycling, to carbon.

78 steps wholefood shop. Photo by Debbie Ellen.

It’s all about food

Some of the hottest tickets during this years Manchester International Festival (MIF) have been for events and talks at The Biospheric Project, with 2,500 tickets sold out within 3 hours of being made available. The Project has transformed a 3 storey mill in Salford into a thriving urban research and community food production hub. Once the Festival ends, the work will continue under the direction of Vincent Walsh, who showed Platform’s Debbie Ellen around the building.

Atelier at Piccadilly Basin

Manchester: Capital of the North's waterways?

Walter Menzies heralds the arrival of the Manchester and Pennine Waterway Partnership which has launched this month at the Lowry in Salford Quays and introduces its forthcoming 'manifesto' for the waterways.

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