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Peter Hannam

Peter Hannam covers broad environmental issues ranging from climate change to renewable energy for Fairfax Media.

Climate change

$325b of energy could be left in ground

Peter Hannam About $US300 billion ($325 billion) in fossil-fuel assets, such as coal, could be left in the ground due to efforts to combat climate change, according to International Energy Agency chief economist...

Resources

Groundwater contamination: Farmers put it to Santos to come clean

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Peter Hannam Farmers opposed to Santos' coal seam operations in north-western NSW have begun action to force the company to reveal information about alleged contamination of two water bores near exploration wells.

Angry head of renewable energy agency says axing will leave energy sector obsolete

A second wind for renewables if axe falls on ARENA?

Peter Hannam The head of Australia's flagship clean energy development agency says the organisation's planned axing is a broken promise that will leave the country's energy sector obsolete.

Energy

China being investigated over cheap solar panels

Solar panels.

Peter Hannam Australia will begin an investigation into whether Chinese producers of solar photovoltaic panels have been selling below cost in the domestic market.

Axing of renewable energy agency would add to broken promises, clean energy industry says

The Abbott government is planning to abolish the primary agency supporting clean energy in Australia.

Peter Hannam, Tom Arup The planned axing of the primary agency supporting clean energy in Australia by the Abbott government would break pre-election commitments and propel investment in emerging technologies off-shore, an...

Sustainability partners part ways

Peter Hannam The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has signalled a change in priorities, replacing the Business Council of Australia as its preferred partner with the smaller Sustainable Business...

Environment

Bright future as more Australian rooftops convert to solar photovoltaic power

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Peter Hannam Solar will continue to spread across, head of the second-largest US PV producer says.

Environment

BHP and AGL still expanding fossil fuel holdings

People walk past a power plant.

Peter Hannam BHP Billiton, Adani Enterprises and AGL are among listed companies expanding fossil fuel holdings.

Disasters

Inquiry sparks fears of clash over disaster funding

A man comforts his daughter on their roof as they inspect damage to their neighbourhood.

Peter Hannam The federal and state governments may be headed for a fiscal fight, with the Productivity Commission launching a probe into natural-disaster funding.

Energy

Clean Energy Finance Corp extends $20m loan to Carnegie Wave Energy

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Peter Hannam Carnegie Wave Energy has been extended a $20m loan by the Clean Energy Finance Corp.

Santos rejects shareholder demands for halt to CSG project

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Peter Hannam Santos has dismissed shareholder demands for an immediate end to its coal seam gas project in the Pilliga, saying they are being led by “extremist activist groups”.

Coal, carbon dioxide emissions make powerful comeback

Peter Hannam It's been a long time coming but coal is making a comeback in Australia's energy mix, with coal-fired generators lifting their share of Australia's main power market in February.

Energy

Coal, carbon dioxide emissions make powerful comeback

Steam billows.

Peter Hannam It's been a long time coming but coal is making a comeback in Australia's energy mix.

Share returns barely dented by dumping fossil fuels, study finds

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Peter Hannam Australians could sell their shares in fossil-fuel companies with little impact on overall portfolio returns while eliminating exposure to the so-called “carbon bubble”, a new report...

Carbon economy

Renewables surge before possible carbon tax demise

Snowy Hydro.

Peter Hannam A rush to take advantage of the carbon price has allowed renewable energy to grab its largest share of eastern Australia's main electricity market since the 1970s.

Finance

Culling 'giant green hedge fund' will hit Abbott budget, body says

Cows stand near the wind turbines operating on Capital Wind Farm in Bungendore.

Peter Hannam Scrapping the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corp will strip between $110 million and $171 million a year from the federal budget rather than save the government money, the fund will tell a Senate...

Energy

Solar jobs go as uncertainty clouds PV outlook

Echuca is Victoria's top solar power postcode.

Peter Hannam Thousands of jobs have been shed this year in Australia's solar photovoltaic industry as the rollback of state-based incentives dims the appeal of roof-top panels.

Carbon culprits

BHP among world's 20 largest climate culprits

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Peter Hannam Almost two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources can be traced to 90 major entities, including BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, according to a peer-reviewed study.

Carbon

OECD takes aim at direct action plan

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Peter Hannam Government's direct action plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions cops another barb, this time from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Abbott's Direct Action climate policy draws more flak

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Peter Hannam The Abbott government's Direct Action plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions has copped another barb, this time from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.