MCFly climate bulletin #6, Dec 12 2011

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The first Manchester Climate Monthly (dead tree format) hits the streets on January 2nd, 2012. Please encourage your climate-concerned friends to take out a (free!!) subscription – via our subscribe page.
Here’s a 40 second video explaining the top ten reasons folks should subscribe
And follow us on twitter (@mcr_climate).

Coming up this week, locally and nationally
The Local Economic Partnership board meets on Monday, and discusses the “Deal for Cities” that may give Greater Manchester more power over decisions currently made in London. Including on Low Carbon at number 8. See briefing paper here.
On Tuesday at 2pm the Communities and Neighbourhoods Oversight and Scrutiny Committee [what’s that? see this youtube] meets in Manchester Town Hall. First item on the agenda is a progress report on Climate Change plans.

A selection of MCFly stories this week you may have missed
Solar panels scheme cut!
Art exhibition explores the price of aviation
Newsflash: Council and campaigners to investigate steady-state economy
World Exclusive: “Love Your Bike” wins award
Our Final* Word on the Steering Group (*until our next post on t’subject)
Youtube: Bluffer’s Guide to Oversight and Scrutiny Committees

Grab the money and run
Local Energy Assessment Fund

Local and Regional News

The latest meeting of the Environment Commission was postponed “due to the considerable number of apologies received…. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Details of the re-arranged meeting will be published in due course.”

Dec 7 Economic development company Liverpool Vision is in talks to organise an international ‘green’ trade expo in the city. It could bring hundreds of companies to the region and raise the North West’s profile as a business and investment location.

Speaking at Insider‘s Liverpool Economic Forum yesterday (6 December), Liverpool Vision’s chief executive Max Steinberg revealed that the organisation was “actively working” to host a Green Expo in north Liverpool in 2013.

Dec 8 Red Rose Forest put out a press release – “Volunteers including over 150 local primary school children planted over 1,000 new trees last week to create a new woodland in a single day at Wythenshawe Park. Red Rose Forest – Greater Manchester’s Community Forest – worked with Manchester City Council, local school St Aidans Roman Catholic Primary School and volunteers as part of the Government’s Big Tree Plant, which aims to plant 1 million trees in UK towns and cities over the next four years. The native trees including birch, Scots pine and field maple were planted at the south-west corner to increase tree cover and improve bio-diversity in the park. The children were so excited about the trees that they are planning to vote on a name for the woodland.”

National News

Smell of death, much?
“The website that supported signatories to the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change is currently homeless. Support for the work of local authorities as they address the mitigation and adaptation challenges of climate change is undergoing review following a consultation by the Local Government Association A revised website will be created in due course to reflect this, hosted by the LGA.”
(from UKCIP November newsletter, minus the sarky title, natch)

Global News
Dec 11 – The latest international climate talks end with an agreement to talk more. They’re carefully calling it a “platform” because the last “roadmap” led to Copenhagen…
Here’s good analysis of what current emissions reduction promises will lead to

London’s climate change adaptation strategy – ‘Managing risks and increasing resilience’ – has been published. It describes the actions needed to help manage extreme weather today and the impacts of longer-term climate change in the future. A key focus is ensuring that buildings are comfortable, affordable and sustainable, as is increasing the availability of green spaces for cooling and for managing wet weather.
Download the documents at
More general information is at

‘International Dimensions of Climate Change’ is the latest report from Foresight, which advises UK policymakers who are making decisions with long-lasting impacts. The report considers how the UK is likely to be affected by global climate change over the next 30 years and beyond, focussing on risks associated with foreign policy and security, finance and business, infrastructure, resources and commodities, and health. The report is available from

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