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Peter Hannam

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

Sweating it out: Climate change extremes to impact on sport

Peter Hannam While the training and playing seasons for winter sports such as AFL and NRL stretch ever further into the warmer months, traditionally summer pastimes such as cricket and tennis squads – and...

Giant Shenhua Watermark coal mine in the Liverpool Plains approved

Shenhua gets the nod for its Watermark coal mine.

Peter Hannam The NSW government has been accused of “signing the death warrant for the Liverpool Plains” after the Planning Assessment Commission approved the $1.

AGL faces delays, additional conditions after BTEX chemicals detected

Peter Hannam AGL's coal seam gas ambitions in the Gloucester area have been dealt a double blow with the launch of two government investigations into the detection of toxic BTEX chemicals in flowback water from...

Source of toxic BTEX chemicals likely focus of dual inquiries

Peter Hannam The source - rather than the presence - of toxic BTEX chemicals in flowback water extracted from AGL’s coal seam gas wells will be the likely focus of the dual inquiries by the NSW government.

Universities flunk climate readiness test

Peter Hannam Australian universities are failing the climate readiness test, with few institutions factoring global warming risks into their investment portfolios, according to a new survey.

NSW government suspends AGL's CSG operations in Gloucester

Gloucester Valley: AGL's CSG project has been suspended.

Peter Hannam The Baird government has suspended AGL's operations at its pilot coal seam gas field in northern NSW pending the result of an investigation launched on Wednesday, Energy Minister Anthony Roberts said.

AGL suspends CSG drilling near Gloucester after chemical find

AGL has halted its CSG operations in Gloucester.

Peter Hannam The NSW Environment Protection Authority has criticised AGL for a lack of transparency and launched a "full investigation" after the energy giant disclosed it had detected banned BTEX chemicals in...

Sydney weather: Rain triggers traffic snarls, damages roofs

Keep those umbrellas handy for the next few days at least.

Peter Hannam Sydney's heaviest rains in about 14 weeks have triggered traffic snarls with some roads flooded, book-ending a soggy start to the school year for many students and their parents.

Microburst storm snapped as Sydney endures soggy start to school year

Microburst photographed near Roma in outback Queensland.

Peter Hannam Images of a rare microburst storm have been captured by a photographer near Roma in outback Queensland.

Warmer, mostly drier future predicted with climate change

Rising temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns are likely to hit Australian farming hard.

Peter Hannam Sydney’s climate can be expected to warm across all seasons, with less rainfall in winter but more intense rain events, according to the latest projections by the CSIRO and the Bureau of...

Warmer, drier climate locked in for Melbourne, says CSIRO/Bureau of Meteorology report

Temperatures are on the rise across Australia for all seasons and all regions.

Peter Hannam Melbourne's climate can be expected to warm across all seasons, with less rainfall in winter but more intense rain events, according to the latest projections by the CSIRO and the Bureau of...

Extreme El Nino and La Nina events to increase in a warming world, researchers say

Flooding in Bangladesh in 1998 during an extreme La Nina event.

Peter Hannam The global climate is likely to become increasingly prone to extremes with super La Nina and El Nino events in the Pacific to almost double in frequency this century, according to Australian-led...

Shifting ground water levels add to AGL's CSG doubts

Coal seam gas operations near Gloucester in November.

Peter Hannam AGL has attributed large fluctuations of groundwater levels at its coal seam gas monitoring bores near Gloucester to the effects of sampling but water experts say more information is needed before...

EPA clears AGL and Transpacific over Hunter wastewater shipments

Controversial: A CSG pilot well near Gloucester.

Peter Hannam The NSW Environment Protection Authority has found AGL and its contractor Transpacific Industries were not in breach of pollution licence conditions despite ignoring demands it avoid discharging...

Former environment employee blasts miners' dominance in NSW

A former OEH employee says miners have too much sway in the state's planning decisions.

Peter Hannam Key departments in the Baird government have “been captured in a big coal and gas rush” that has run roughshod over environmental protection measures, according to a former state...

AGL unable to monitor CSG fracking chemical in Gloucester project

Flowback: Opponents of AGL's CSG plans say environmental controls are not being enforced.

Peter Hannam The Baird government has been accused by Labor of trashing environmental safeguards by granting AGL permission to frack coal seam gas wells before monitoring had been approved.

Mud larking in the Red Centre after unseasonal rains

Three-year-old Tommy Prow swims in the now filled Ilparpa Claypans Alice's own

Peter Hannam Unseasonal rains across central Australia are helping to fill Lake Eyre and are providing some unusual recreational activities for residents of Alice Springs.

Extreme heat: near-50 degree tops forecast for remote regions of Western Australia

Red hot: parts of WA are heading for days in the high-40s.

Peter Hannam and Matthew Burgess An intense heat trough over the country’s north-west may bring Australia’s first observation of 50-degree temperatures in 17 years, forecasters say.

Warm oceans drive hottest year on record with more to come, US agencies say

Warmest: Ocean surface temperatures were at a record high in 2014.

Peter Hannam Unusually warm seas helped drive annual global temperatures to a record level in 2014 and are likely to ensure this year has a similarly hot start, climate experts say.

Coal companies lock up large regions of NSW

Prize land: Mining at Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley.

Peter Hannam Almost a quarter of freehold land in the Muswellbrook Local Government Area and large chunks of other parts of northern NSW are now owned or occupied by coal companies, a survey of land records by...