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Peter Hannam

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

NSW government divided over allowing anglers to fish in marine parks

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Peter Hannam The O'Farrell government remains divided over to whether to make permanent a so-called amnesty allowing anglers to fish in marine parks, delaying a decision possibly until after the elections next...

Green tech revolution needed to avoid climate change dangers, says Nicholas Stern

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Peter Hannam and Tom Arup Lord Nicholas Stern, author of a landmark 2006 study on climate change, says his conclusion global output could dive 5-20 per cent without action to curb greenhouse gases was an underestimate.

Cyclone Ita due to hit tonight and likely to lift roofs, uproot trees

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Peter Hannam Trees will start to topple, roofs will be sucked up and solar panels might start flying like Frisbees as severe tropical Cyclone Ita makes landfall in far north Queensland this evening, wind experts...

Huge gas project proposed for Abbot Point following coal terminal approval

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Peter Hannam A huge liquefied natural gas export terminal is being planned for Abbot Point on the Queensland coast, coming just months after the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority approved plans to dump 3...

Meet Sydney's sun bear who almost became bear paw soup

The Sun Bears at Taronga Zoo, Sydney. Mr Hobbs, left, was rescued from Cambodia where he was about to be killed to make bear paw soup.
9th April 2014
Photo: Janie Barrett

Peter Hannam Mr Hobbs was destined to become bear paw soup before an Australian businessman rescued the sun bear cub in Cambodia.

Time running out to beat climate change, UN warns

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Tom Arup and Peter Hannam At least half the world's energy supply will have to come from low-carbon sources by 2050, major UN climate change assessment will say.

Climate change: Time is running out, UN report warns

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Tom Arup, Peter Hannam At least half the world's energy supply will need to come from low-carbon sources such as wind, solar and nuclear by 2050, as part of the drastic action needed to cut greenhouse gases to relatively...

Call for Rio to drop Warkworth mine bid after court defeats

Peter Hannam Residents of the hamlet of Bulga in the Upper Hunter say Rio Tinto should accept the verdicts of two courts and drop plans to extend its Warkworth open-cut coal mine.

Rio Tinto loses Bulga coal mine expansion appeal

Warkworth mine pit aerial. Dust creation in an open cut mine. Photo Supplied. Story Natalie O'Brien

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Peter Hannam Rio Tinto has lost its battle for a major extension of its Warkworth open-cut coal mine near Bulga in the Hunter Valley but will fight on.

Climate change: Race against time that no-one wants to win

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Peter Hannam When Dan Arvizu joined the New York commission formed in the wake of hurricane Sandy, the energy expert studied recommendations made after a destructive storm a decade earlier - all of which had been...

Santos outlines environmental risks of Narrabri CSG project

Photograph shows Ted Borowski, a Coonamble grazier and farmer who today locked himself to the axle of a heavy articulated vehicle, bringing to a standstill a convoy of several vehicleds from enterining the Pilliga State Forest near Narrabri in the states North West. SantosTaken monday 3rd March 2014.

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Peter Hannam Santos’s Narrabri Gas Project has the potential to affect groundwater through leakage, cross-contamination and subsidence, according to the company’s preliminary environment assessment.

Shift power use, save big on investment, US expert says

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Peter Hannam Encouraging power users to shift their consumption during days of high demand could avoid major investments in networks while also fostering the use of solar energy, the head of the US National...

Weak summer power peaks expose excess spending on poles and wires

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Peter Hannam Australia’s peak power demand during last summer has fallen short of previous records in all states, underscoring the excess investment in poles and wires in recent years, a leading energy analyst...

'Conspiracist' climate change study withdrawn amid legal threats

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Peter Hannam Lunar landings? Made in Hollywood. Smoking causes cancer? No way. And as for climate change, better not ask.

Balmy Sydney battered by record storm activity

Walkers on the Cronulla esplanade catch the sunrise reflected in the surf club's windows.

Peter Hannam A stormy March left Sydney with the most thunderstorms on record for the month - and a record 21 consecutive days of 25C-plus temperatures.

Eastern Australian waters warming fastest

Picture shows Goldring Surgeon fish, pic taken from website. March 6 2005.

Peter Hannam Species forced to move and adapt as they run out of continental shelf.

IPCC report: how humans are changing the climate

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Peter Hannam Climate change is real, it's happening and the risks are many and rising, so says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its latest report.

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IPCC report: Tallying the damage bill of climate change

'Human interference with the climate system is occurring.'

Peter Hannam Climate change sceptics are never happy with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports. They have a special cause to dislike the latest one.

Climate change could make humans extinct, warns health expert

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Deborah Snow, Peter Hannam The Earth is warming so rapidly that unless humans can arrest the trend, we risk becoming ''extinct'' as a species, a leading Australian health academic has warned.

Reef's fragile future the focus of Earth Hour 2014

Landlords are urged to raise Earth Hour awareness with tenants. Photo: iStock.

Peter Hannam Thousands of Sydneysiders will take part in the Earth Hour on Saturday evening, an event organisers hope will kick off a year-round campaign against climate change.