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Peter Hannam

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

Drought bites deeper across eastern Australia

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.

Sydney weather: chilly start to August but little rain in sight

snow

Peter Hannam Sydney’s run of above-average warmth will be broken on Saturday - but only briefly before temperatures start picking up again.

Bushfire danger period starts early for much of NSW

Castlereagh blaze.

Peter Hannam The threat of another early fire season in NSW has prompted the Rural Fire Service to bring forward its bushfire danger period for a large part of the state.

Sydney weather: Record warmth caps a mild, dry July

Late July feels more like late spring.

Peter Hannam Sydney basked in its warmest July weather in almost a quarter of a century on Thursday, with the city enjoying conditions more like late-spring rather than mid-winter, meteorologists say.

Sydney weather: Warm July but threat of El Nino recedes

Dawn at Dee Why as warm weather continues this winter.

Peter Hannam The threat of an El Nino weather event is receding with atmospheric conditions over the Pacific largely failing to respond to warming ocean waters, the Bureau of Meteorology.

Australia's 'vast' solar resources closer to being tapped in a big way

Artist's impression of AGL's solar plants.

Peter Hannam Australia’s largest solar plant moves one step closer to completion with the first of 1.35 million solar photovoltaic (PV) modules being installed on Wednesday at AGL’s Nyngan Solar plant...

NSW Labor conference backs ambitious climate goal

Less of this wanted.

Peter Hannam Labor’s state conferences in NSW and Tasmania have backed more ambitious climate change action, maintaining pressure on federal counterparts to stick with a carbon price policy.

Galilee coalmine approval sparks carbon fears

Environment Minister Greg Hunt

Peter Hannam The federal government has approved a giant Queensland coalmine that it says will generate as much as $300 billion for the economy, but which environmental groups say will contribute to a...

GetUp! fears 'dirty tricks' after YouTube pulls video

A still of the blocked GetUp! video on trusting Adani.

Peter Hannam GetUp! says it is the victim of tactics “almost too dirty to believe” after one of its anti-coal videos was yanked by YouTube over what the activist group says are fake copyright claims.

Australia bets on coal as climate policy crumbles

Lake Hume, Australia.

Peter Hannam Australia’s policy on climate change is in disarray after the repeal of the carbon price while the stance of business remains unequivocally pro-coal.

'Pushed back to the Stone Age': massive solar storm missed Earth by just one week

The solar storm was the most powerful detected in more than 150 years.

Peter Hannam Modern civilisation came within a week of being “pushed back to the Stone Age” after eruptions in the sun two years ago sent massive clouds of magnetised plasma through the Earth’s...

Power failure prompts sewage discharge

Foreshore walk in Kurnell.

Peter Hannam The NSW Environment Protection Authority is investigating the discharge of about 3.1 million litres of partially treated effluent from the Cronulla Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Worst of winter likely over as warming trend begins

Winter looks likely to be a short one for much of the country.

Peter Hannam The worst of the winter is likely to be over with the outlook pointing to warmer and drier than normal weather over coming months, conditions that may set up another early fire season.

Wind farm operator expels Maurice Newman from committee

Maurice Newman

Peter Hannam Prominent businessman Maurice Newman said he had been “disinvited” from a community consultative committee for a proposed wind farm in the state’s southern highlands because of his...