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Peter Hannam

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

National park fee hike and asset sales mooted in leaked document

Peter Hannam People visiting or camping in national parks in NSW face fee hikes, and park staff are urged to be "proactive" in seeking other uses of their own accommodation, according to a leaked document.

Encore or curtain call for controversial Springvale coal mine

John Tilley, who spoke at Thursday's hearing, was stood down last month from his job at the Springvale coal mine.

Peter Hannam Lithgow's Union Theatre has staged its fair share of dramas over the decades but few performances would have matched this week's public hearing of the state's Planning Assessment Commission for...

Australia's carbon emissions extend rebound, led by coal-fired power

Coal-fired power plants contributed to a 3.3 per cent jump in emissions in the first year after the carbon price ended.

Peter Hannam Australia's greenhouse gas emissions from energy use jumped by almost 10 million tonnes in the first year after the end of the carbon price, making it harder for the Abbott government to meet its...

AGL in dam storage row as anti-coal seam gas protests hit 100 weeks

Anti-CSG protesters mark 100 weeks of opposition to AGL's gas drilling.

Peter Hannam AGL is storing water produced from its coal seam gas wells without proper permits, anti-CSG activists claim, as protests at the energy giant's headquarters marked 100 consecutive weeks.

Typhane or hurricoon? The storm that changed its title

Kilo on the date line

Peter Hannam One of four huge tropical storms spinning in the north Pacific has caused a stir among meteorologists by crossing the International Date Line near Hawaii and requiring a title change.

Flurry of tropical cyclones give super El Nino another boost

Hurricane Jimena is moving over warm waters in the eastern Pacific and gathering strength.

Peter Hannam The hyperactive hurricane season in the Pacific has jumped up another gear, spawning a record trio of category 4 strength tropical storms that will give the powerful El Nino event yet another boost.

Busy bushfire season predicted for Australia's most populous regions

NSW Rural Fire Service crews prepare in the Blue Mountains in August.

Peter Hannam Another year of above-average fire risk is on the way as the long-term decline in cool season rainfall combines with a strengthening El Nino.

Sydney weather: Mild start to spring ahead of warm burst

If it doesn't feel like spring yet - it should do soon.

Peter Hannam After the coolest winter in years, the mercury is ready to rise, forecasters say.

Miners lose edge as NSW government balances profits against damage before approvals

The NSW government has put mining back to a level planning field.

Peter Hannam The Baird government has amended its mining policy process to give equal billing to a project's economic, environmental and social impacts when determining approval in a move likely to anger the...

AGL halts political donations to remove 'perception' of undue influence

AGL will end political donations in a change of policy.

Peter Hannam Energy giant AGL has ended all political donations in a bid to ease community concerns that "big business" was using such funds to secure "undue influence".

Sydney weather: Warragamba to spill, trigger Nepean Hawkesbury flooding

Warragamba Dam during an earlier spill.

Peter Hannam Sydney's main reservoir will begin spilling on Thursday, leading to minor flooding downstream, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Newcastle, home to world's biggest coal port, moves to curb fossil fuel links

Newcastle's council voted to curb its links to banks that back the fossil fuel industry.

Peter Hannam Newcastle, home to the world's biggest coal export port, has voted to curb its links to banks backing the fossil fuel industry in a move described by a dissenting councillor as taking the city "back...

Sydney weather: one more buffeting, then conditions to improve

A small landslide closed the Princes Hwy at Kiama Heights.

Peter Hannam Sydney is due one more lashing from the powerful low pressure system hovering off the NSW coast that earlier caused flooding in regions south of the city including the evacuation of hundreds of...

Drayton South coalmine extension wins early nod, angering horse stud industry

Threatened ground: Horses at the Coolmore Stud in the Hunter Valley.

Peter Hannam Is this the "beginning of the end" for horse breeders in the Hunter Valley?

Sydney weather: 24 lightning strikes a minute during Monday's tempest

Storm which brought hail to parts of Sydney moves off the coast , shot from Narrabeen.

Peter Hannam Sydney witnessed more than 4300 strikes in three hours as an intense thunderstorm cell swept across the city, Weatherzone said.

Sydney weather: Mopping up as storm threat shifts to the south

A local farmer crosses the flooded Illawarra Hwy after heavy falls across the region.

Peter Hannam Sydney can expect more rain later on Tuesday as the east coast low changes course and drifts in a north-easterly direction, meteorologists say.

Subsidising Adani coal rail link unwise, ex-EU climate chief Hedegaard says

Connie Hedegaard, international climate expert and former EU Commissioner for Climate Action.

Peter Hannam Abbott government subsidies for the coal industry including the proposed mega-mines of Queensland's Galilee basin would not be "wise", Connie Hedegaard, the former European Commissioner for Climate...

Sydney weather: City to sit on 'edge' of unusual east coast low

Rain falls over Anzac Bridge on Monday.

Peter Hannam Southern regions of Sydney could be in for a wet Tuesday with the formation of unusual weather pattern just offshore, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Santos gets early approval for CSG treatment plant without detailed plans

Peter Hannam The Baird government has been accused of making a "reckless" decision to give conditional approval for a coal seam gas desalination plant one of its own agencies said could pose a "significant...

Sydney weather: Periods of rain and possible storms as east coast low looms

A bit of rough weather is on the way for Sydney and especially for the Illawarra.

Peter Hannam Sydney and regions to the south are in for a wet couple of days as an unstable weather system spawns a likely east coast low.