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Peter Hannam

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

Rio Tinto 'workshopped' Warkworth coal plan with Planning Department, Greens say

Peter Hannam Mining company Rio Tinto was able to respond within days of receiving environmental requirements for its Warkworth coalmine expansion plan because of "workshopping" with the NSW Department of...

Time for NSW to end California dreaming and act on renewables, Labor says

Time to go solo?: Cloud over NSW's renewable energy target.

Peter Hannam NSW is barely one-third of the way to achieving its 2020 renewable energy goal despite the Baird Government wanting the state to be Australia's answer to California.

Worst of wet spell over but keep the brolly handy

Running out of winter: Sydney can expect drier days from here on.

Peter Hannam Sydney's wettest three-day spell in 14 months will make way this afternoon to calmer, drier conditions that should hold for most of the rest of winter.

Warm seas keep world on track for a hot year

Oceans remain particularly warm.

Peter Hannam Global sea-surface temperatures in July tied with 2009 as the warmest on record for that month, keeping the world on track for one of its hottest years, according to the US National Oceanic and...

NSW unveils new groundwater monitoring plan for CSG flashpoints

Bid to ease concerns: Energy minister Anthony Roberts.

Peter Hannam The Baird government will increase its monitoring of groundwater, starting with three coal seam gas flashpoints, in a bid to ease community concerns about the impact of the emerging industry.

Sydney lashed by wild weather with more to come

Wild weather in the middle of Sydney.

Peter Hannam Parts of Sydney and a swathe of south-eastern NSW continue to mop up after the region's most significant rainfall event in at least a year, and more wild weather is possible later in the week.

Weaker RET would transfer $10b to big power firms, study finds

Up in the air: the future of Australia's renewable energy industry.

Peter Hannam Reducing the national Renewable Energy Target (RET) would generate $10 billion in extra profit over the next 15 years for owners of coal and gas-fired power plants, according to new analysis...

Tackling the fire threat on the home front

NCH NEWS. Lloyd Blows, the elderly resident of a Tomago caravan park who went missing over a week ago was found alive today in bushland near the power lines which cross Old Punt Road, Tomago. Pic shows bush on the side of Old Punt Road where there was some fresh human tracks in the leaves on the ground. Pic by MAX MASON-HUBERS MMH. 5th May 2014. Newcastle

Peter Hannam Up at the top end of a cul-de-sac, amid towering eucalypts at Durren Durren, north of Sydney, Mike White has been getting expert advice on how to prepare the family home for the coming fire season.

AGL faces further disclosure gaps on donations to political parties

Gloucester residents protesting against AGL.

Peter Hannam AGL's failure to make full and timely disclosures of its NSW political donations appears to extend to other projects beyond its Gloucester coal seam gas venture, including the proposed $300 million...

Remove shark nets, introduce mining bans: green groups' wish list for NSW

Koala in NSW

Peter Hannam The Coalition governments under Barry O’Farrell and Mike Baird have “declared war on the environment” since taking office in 2011, according to nine leading green groups in the...

Renewed signs of an El Nino event in 2014

El Ninos play a big role in the global climate.

Peter Hannam An El Nino remains a possibility in 2014 after renewed signs of the weather event were detected in the Pacific, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

AGL turns to Deloitte to put donation disclosures under microscope

AGL has called in Deloitte to look for any errors or omissions in its political donation disclosures.

Peter Hannam AGL has called in its external auditors to investigate whether it committed any "errors or omissions" in its political donation disclosures in NSW since 2008.

Secret AGL political donations while seeking CSG approval

(centre) Jennifer Schoelpple a Gloucester resident at Anti-CSG fracking protest outside AGL head office in North Sydney - Day after Baird govt approved fracking of wells close to homes in Gloucester. Thursday 7th August 2014 photo Louie Douvis

Peter Hannam Energy giant AGL gave almost $100,000 to the NSW Labor and Liberal parties while seeking approval to drill 110 coal seam gas wells near Gloucester but only half of those donations were apparently...

Drought bites deeper across eastern Australia

Lightning Ridge sheep farm, last November.

Peter Hannam A large swathe of eastern Australia, including coastal regions from Coffs Harbour to Bundaberg, is in the midst of its worst dry spell since the Federation Drought more than a century ago, according...

Anti-CSG protesters vow to give AGL 'hell' over Gloucester fracking

Gloucester Valley: CSG project planned for the region.

Peter Hannam Protesters have vowed to step up opposition to plans by AGL to frack for coal seam gas in the Gloucester region after the government gave the energy giant approval to conduct the work without a full...

AGL gets nod for CSG fracking in Gloucester

Drilling for gas near Gloucester.

Peter Hannam The Baird government has given energy giant AGL approval to conduct fracking of coal seam gas wells within a few hundred metres of homes.

AGL gets planning amendment allowing fast-track fracking in Gloucester

AGL's plan face some opposition in Gloucester.

Peter Hannam Approval for AGL’s controversial proposal to frack four coal seam gas wells near homes at Gloucester in the state’s mid-north coast region appears imminent following the removal of a...

Vanuatu climate worries rise as aid cut off

Peter Hannam Vanuatu’s weather patterns are changing as the planet warms up, undermining the island nation’s ability to feed itself, according to Shirley Laban, Oxfam’s climate change manager...

Sydney weather: Frosty starts before mercury climbs

Icy morning with minus-8 at Michelago, south of Canberra.

Peter Hannam Residents across south-eastern Australia are loading up the woolies to cope with another unusually brisk morning.

Forest thinning in conservation areas should be subsidised, NSW report recommends

Forests near Coonabarabran

Peter Hannam Taxpayers are being asked to subsidise logging in four ecologically sensitive state conservation areas in northern NSW, according to a draft report of the Natural Resources Commission.