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Peter Hannam covers broad environmental issues ranging from climate change to renewable energy for Fairfax Media.
Peter Hannam Unusually warm seas helped drive annual global temperatures to a record level in 2014 and are likely to ensure this year has a similarly hot start, climate experts say.
Peter Hannam Almost a quarter of freehold land in the Muswellbrook Local Government Area and large chunks of other parts of northern NSW are now owned or occupied by coal companies, a survey of land records by...
Peter Hannam A formerly polluted not-so remote canyon in the Blue Mountains has staged a remarkable recovery.
Peter Hannam It's time people treated the beach as they would the bush - a place to take sensible care, experts say.
Peter Hannam The NSW Environment Protection Authority is investigating the detection of a chemical used in fracking in water samples near AGL’s pilot coal seam gas field near Gloucester.
Peter Hannam Australia’s Catholics are preparing to step up campaigns to address climate change ahead of an expected call to action by Pope Francis.
Peter Hannam Sydney weather is tipped to warm for the weekend after a couple of milder days on Thursday and Friday. Peter Hannam reports.
Peter Hannam Newcastle beaches are likely to be closed for a record sixth straight day due to the sighting of a large shark, but should we be more alarmed than usual?
Peter Hannam Another good beach day beckons for Sydney but not all of stretches of sand are equal after the recent rains raise pollution risks.
Peter Hannam Australia's migratory shorebirds are being threatened by the rapid decline of key feeding grounds in north-east Asia, according to Australian researchers.
Peter Hannam Australia’s ranking among investors in large-scale renewable energy plummeted in 2014, dropping behind much poorer nations.
Peter Hannam AGL has become mired in fresh controversy over its coal seam gas activities near Gloucester after a contractor shipped untreated waste water to the Hunter region despite explicit rejection of the...
Peter Hannam The viability of mining Australia’s massive reserves of fossil fuels has been called into question by the latest study estimating the limits of carbon emissions possible if dangerous climate...
Peter Hannam The carbon intensity of Australia’s main electricity grid has surged since the end of the carbon tax, undermining the Abbott government’s efforts to cut national emissions.
Peter Hannam Australia’s shifting climate continues to move in a direction that is unfavourable to many.
Peter Hannam If you thought Sydney had been warm over the past year or so, you’d be right.
Peter Hannam Australia’s small-scale solar energy industry held steady in 2014 although uncertainty about the Abbott government’s support for renewable energy and rising costs for imported panels as...
Peter Hannam Australia has capped two years of extraordinary warmth with 2014 declared the third hottest on record just 12 months after 2013 smashed annual highs, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Peter Hannam The severity of the threat posed by bushfires and another heatwave moving across south-eastern Australia hinges largely on a tricky-to-predict low-pressure system off the Kimberley region of WA,...
Peter Hannam This could be the year of extinction for the climate-change denier, writes Peter Hannam.