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Peter Hannam covers broad environmental issues ranging from climate change to renewable energy for Fairfax Media.
Peter Hannam Summer will return with a vengeance to much of southern Australia in coming days as an intense build-up of heat spreads east.
Peter Hannam Much of Australia, including western NSW, is likely to experience a warm couple of weeks as a slow-moving high pressure system fosters a build-up of heat over the continent.
Peter Hannam AGL’s contractor did not test for toxic chemicals in flowback water before it was treated and discharged into Newcastle’s main sewerage network, the state agency Hunter Water says.
Peter Hannam A rebound in demand for Victorian brown coal since the end of the carbon tax continues to drive up the emissions intensity of Australia’s main electricity market, according to energy...
Peter Hannam Too much eating of shark in fish and chips and other meals might damage your health.
Peter Hannam The world’s oceans are heating at the rate of two trillion 100-watt light bulbs burning continuously, providing a clear signal of global warming, according to new research assessing data from a...
Peter Hannam The NSW Planning Assessment Commission has given conditional approval for large extensions of two coal mines north-west of Sydney, adding potentially 31 million tonnes of extra coal output a year.
Peter Hannam Don’t store away the beach towels just yet, with balmy waters and warming day-time temperatures set to return by the weekend.
Peter Hannam The Baird government has moved to burnish its climate change credentials, becoming Australia’s first conservative government to sign up to The Climate Group.
Peter Hannam Meteorology is arguably a magnet for more than its fair share of myths. Here's why we are increasingly wrong about forecasting failures.
Peter Hannam While the training and playing seasons for winter sports such as AFL and NRL stretch ever further into the warmer months, traditionally summer pastimes such as cricket and tennis squads – and...
Peter Hannam The NSW government has been accused of “signing the death warrant for the Liverpool Plains” after the Planning Assessment Commission approved the $1.
Peter Hannam AGL's coal seam gas ambitions in the Gloucester area have been dealt a double blow with the launch of two government investigations into the detection of toxic BTEX chemicals in flowback water from...
Peter Hannam The source - rather than the presence - of toxic BTEX chemicals in flowback water extracted from AGL’s coal seam gas wells will be the likely focus of the dual inquiries by the NSW government.
Peter Hannam Australian universities are failing the climate readiness test, with few institutions factoring global warming risks into their investment portfolios, according to a new survey.
Peter Hannam The Baird government has suspended AGL's operations at its pilot coal seam gas field in northern NSW pending the result of an investigation launched on Wednesday, Energy Minister Anthony Roberts said.
Peter Hannam The NSW Environment Protection Authority has criticised AGL for a lack of transparency and launched a "full investigation" after the energy giant disclosed it had detected banned BTEX chemicals in...
Peter Hannam Sydney's heaviest rains in about 14 weeks have triggered traffic snarls with some roads flooded, book-ending a soggy start to the school year for many students and their parents.
Peter Hannam Images of a rare microburst storm have been captured by a photographer near Roma in outback Queensland.
Peter Hannam Melbourne's climate can be expected to warm across all seasons, with less rainfall in winter but more intense rain events, according to the latest projections by the CSIRO and the Bureau of...