Monthly Archives: July 2013

(International) Action: “Banks and pension funds in the UK are fuelling climate change”

We just got this from World Development Movement Banks and pension funds in the UK are fuelling climate change by pouring billions of pounds into dirty coal, oil and gas around the world. Only government regulation can make the finance … Continue reading

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#food #technology #Manchester – “The transformative potential of gardening with data”

Reblogged from the Open Knowledge Foundation website. The transformative potential of gardening with data July 18, 2013 in Open Data The following guest post is by Farida Vis from the Everyday Growing Cultures research project. The project looks at the … Continue reading

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#digthecitymcr on Twitter? The #Manchester #food revolution might be twitterised?!

MCFly has been asked to publicise the Dig the City thang, and its twitter conversations… “I am contacting you from Dig the City, the North’s first Urban Gardening festival which takes place in August and aims to inspire and encourage … Continue reading

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Green & Blue Infrastructure strategy AWOL again #Manchester City Council #epicfail

The same people who brought you the triumph of accuracy and clarity that was the Annual Carbon “Reduction” Plan for Manchester City Council are also supposed to be producing a “Green and Blue Infrastructure” plan. It’s been delayed almost as … Continue reading

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Something to Dwelle on – interview with Ric Frankland about architecture and #Manchester

Vicki Ramsden spoke to Ric Frankland, the creator of the shed at the bottom of the garden of the Eastlands Homes towers, that is in fact a new concept of eco-building. [Interview conducted in February – the delay in posting … Continue reading

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Newsflash: #Manchester council concedes emissions INCREASE

In a dramatic admission at Tuesday’s Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee, the elected member for responsibility for climate change action admitted that the Council’s emissions have increased.   Responding to a question based around Friends of the Earth’s submission to the committee, Councillor … Continue reading

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#Manchester City Council to set up “Environmental Sustainability Subgroup” of councillors

A group of six councillors is aiming to look at how Manchester City Council can work better on “sustainability issues.”  Once its terms of reference are agreed (at an Economy Scrutiny Committee meeting today), the “Environmental Sustainability Subgroup” will hold … Continue reading

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“Solving Business Problems with Environmental Data” #Manchester Sept 5th

Solving Business Problems with Environmental Data – pre-competition road-show In the Autumn, the TSB and NERC will release a joint call for 6-12 month feasibility studies to create products, tools or services, that provide specific commercial benefits, increase resilience and … Continue reading

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Not what we are LED to believe… #Manchester Art Gallery and carbon slippage #beyondthecarbonbudget

The devil really is in the detail.  Comparing the City Council’s Annual Carbon Reduction Plans of 2012/3 and 2013/4 is a thankless task. It’s also a job the Council’s officers – for some reason I can’t possibly fathom – have … Continue reading

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Round-up of groups’ views on #Manchester Council’s Carbon “Reduction” Plan #beyondthecarbonbudget

Today the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee discusses the City Council’s “Annual Carbon Reduction Plan.” MCFly asked various groups for a statement. Here’s what we got; Steady State Manchester‘s take Inaccurate Figures Risk Complacency in Manchester City Councils Carbon Reduction Plan. In essence; … Continue reading

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