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Neil Swannick at the Committee of the Regions, Brussels

Q&A: Neil Swannick, Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub Energy Group

Neil Swannick is Chair of the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub’s Energy Group. Clare Wiley meets him to discuss the future of energy and why we should be taking our cues from Austria.

Religion is a force for good. Discuss.

Upcoming event: Manchester's new debating 'salon' takes on the secular question at Albert's Chop House in June.

TUC, NUS and UCU demonstration, Manchester, 29th January 2011 by Flickr user Plashing Vole

Poverty Action Group calls for an end to unfair benefits sanctions

Steve Connor reports on the latest call from the Greater Manchester Poverty Action Group to rein in cuts that are hitting the poorest, hardest.

Event - Austerity, warmth and well-being: connecting fuel poverty and urban health

Join cities@manchester for an Urban Forum focusing on the health aspects of fuel poverty. A panel of experts will provide insights on these interrelated problems, followed by a discussion with the audience, and an opportunity for informal socialising.

Manchester Garden City - Victoria Street - courtesy of CityCo Manchester

Public Health and the Great Green Uplift of our Urban Ecosystem

'Would you favour schemes which maintain, improve, enhance and increase green space and waterways in and around Manchester?' Ask most people in Manchester this question and you’ll get an emphatic 'yes', of course. 

Global conference on urban health to hit Manchester in 2014

March 2014 will see policy makers and experts on urban health from across the world gather in Manchester for the 11th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH).

In place of growth, a steady state economy

A Manchester where all people can thrive without harming the planet? Mark Burton introduces the Steady State Manchester Project which argues for an alternative - and more sustainable - model to unfettered growth.

Perspectives essay: love food and hate waste

In this essay, Debbie Ellen and Lucy Danger focus on food to address sustainability in Greater Manchester.  In particular they illustrate the significant part played by food in the city region’s carbon footprint but the difficulty in producing a coordinated GM-level response.

Spotlight: Manchester's new Health and Wellbeing Board

As official figures released this week show residents in the North West are the most likely to die early, Helen Carter takes a look at a new statutory committee, the Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board, which was established in April this year.

Wealthier, healthier cities

A new report from CDP, AECOM & the C40 network of climate cities shows that tackling your city's greenhouse gas emissions has a payback in terms of health and the local economy, too.

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