Environment

Peter Hannam

Peter Hannam is Environment Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald. He covers broad environmental issues ranging from climate change to renewable energy for Fairfax Media.

AGL's Liddell power station in the Hunter Valley.

Do we want 'old lady Liddell to run a marathon'?

If Matt Canavan visits Liddell power station next month, there's a good chance staff will show the corroded pipes and fatigued metal that serve as signs its use-by date of 2022 is closing in.

The Leadbeater's possum, one of Australia's threatened small species.

The threat facing many creatures great and small

Environmentalists and policymakers trying to avert the world's growing extinction crisis need to lower their sights from not trying to save the largest, often "charismatic" threatened species such as elephants and tigers, but also many of the smallest ones, a new research paper finds.

The Dendrobium underground coal mine in the Special Areas near the Illawarra.

Cracks above mine spark fears for city's water catchment

An independent study has found unexpected valley bulging and fractures reaching the surface above a major coal mine in the greater Sydney catchment, prompting WaterNSW to seek greater scrutiny of future mining applications.