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Peter Hannam

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

Coastal inundation threat rises, says Climate Council

Peter Hannam The NSW government on Wednesday will proudly unveil the restored Farm Cove Sea Wall protecting the Royal Botanic Gardens from harbour tempests.

Record hot August adds to world's warm spell

Global temperatures set another record monthly high, NASA says.

Peter Hannam Last month was the hottest August on record globally, adding to a run of months with exceptionally warm conditions.

Beached whales point to population rebound

Dead humpback whale at Wallabi Point on the NSW Mid-North Coast.

Peter Hannam Two dead humpback whales have washed up on NSW beaches in recent days, prompting a reminder for swimmers to avoid getting too close to the giant “shark magnets”.

Pollen count set to spike as rain gives way to warmth

Spring means seasonal agony for some allergy sufferers.

Peter Hannam Something to sneeze at - Sydney's pollen count is on the rise.

Whitehaven Coal investigated over phantom appointment of green group to oversight panel

Maules Creek dispute: A green group was surprised at its nomination to an oversight committee.

Peter Hannam The NSW Department of Planning is investigating the seemingly phantom appointment by Whitehaven Coal of an environmental group to a compulsory oversight committee for its $767 million Maules Creek...

EPA has lost community's trust, inquiry told

Narrabri grazier Tony Pickard has reported suspected contamination of water by Santos.

Peter Hannam The NSW Environment Protection Authority has been “captured by industry” and starved of the resources needed to do its job, according to submissions to an inquiry into the agency.

Snowy loses independent scientific oversight

Snowy River in the Kosciuszko National Park.

Peter Hannam Restoring the environmental health of the Snowy River and other Alpine rivers affected by the Snowy Hydro plants will become more difficult following the demise of an independent scientific...

Ocean losing its ability to absorb increasing carbon dioxide emissions, says report

The warming of the ocean surface reduces its ability to take up more CO2, says Professor Katrin Meissner of the University of NSW.

Peter Hannam Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide are rising at a record rate as fossil fuel consumption increases and the ability of the oceans to absorb the greenhouse gas diminishes, the World Meteorological...

NSW faces busy season of storms, bushfires

Storm watchers study how high the load is rising.

Peter Hannam NSW’s emergency services are bracing for another active thunderstorm season with elevated fire risks among the leading concerns.

Labor rejects Tony Abbott's renewable energy olive branch

Mark Butler, Labor's climate change spokesman said the government had shattered the notion of bipartisanship over the renewable energy target.

Peter Hannam Hopes of a bipartisan accord to break an impasse over the renewable energy target have dimmed, with Labor saying it won’t be a party to a broken election promise by the government.

Light at the end of the fog

Thick fog blankets the CBD.

Peter Hannam Sydney is unlikely to see a repeat anytime soon of Monday's heavy fog that caused widespread traffic congestion for commuters.

Abbot Point dredging approval under heavy fire

Controversy rages over the Great Barrier Reef.

Peter Hannam The sludge has hit the fan, as opposition to the approvals for dumping of dredge from Abbot Point on the iconic tourist attraction gains traction writes Peter Hannam.

CSIRO almost 100% sure humans causing temperatures to rise

The chances that humans are not responsible for the rise in average temperatures are less than 1 in 100,000.

Peter Hannam There's a 99.999 per cent certainty that human activities – from burning fossil fuels to land-clearing – are responsible for warming conditions.

Soil microbes more sensitive to climate change than thought

Tests were conducted on a range of vegetation, including from broadleaf forests.

Peter Hannam Soils may be less of a carbon sink than previously thought, with new research indicating that the earth is likely to release more carbon as the planet heats up.

Australia's first fossil-free super fund launched

Running out puff for investors?

Peter Hannam A global movement to divest from fossil fuels will get some local impetus with the launch on Thursday of the country’s first fossil-free superannuation fund.

Strongest winds in three months

Wild surf at Nobbys Beach, Newcastle

Lisa Visentin and Peter Hannam The strongest winds in three months lashed Sydney on Wednesday, with gusts as strong as 93km/h recorded in some coastal areas.

Emissions from energy generation jump most in eight years after carbon price axed

Dark clouds: Carbon emissions from the power sector are back on the way up.

Peter Hannam Carbon emissions from the country’s main electricity grid have risen since the end of the carbon tax by the most in almost eight years.

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Beaches pummelled by strong winds and surf

The Manly fast ferry crosses the Sydney Heads  through huge waves

Peter Hannam Beaches along much of the NSW coast are copping a hammering from gale force winds generated by a deep low pressure system over the Tasman.

Insulation report finding on fires cheers battling industry

Insulation

Peter Hannam Confirmation by the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program that the rate of house fires did not increase despite a more than 10-fold jump in installations has been welcomed by companies...

Despite the August rain, another active fire season threatens

Bushfire

Peter Hannam Above-average temperatures and rain deficits mean Australia’s main population centres can expect a more active bushfire season this summer than usual.