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Peter Hannam

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

Emissions from power sector still climbing as coal use rises

Peter Hannam Carbon emissions from the country’s main electricity network continue to rise, undermining the Abbott government’s efforts to curb the global warming pollutants, according to Pitt &...

Australia posts second hottest February as warm run continues

Dog days of summer at Lake Burley Griffin

Peter Hannam Australia’s run of abnormally warm weather has continued with the country recording its second-hottest February in data going back to 1910, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Senators move to give CSG whistleblower air

Gas tangle: senators clash over gag on whistleblower.

Peter Hannam Efforts will resume this week to make public documents and comments by a Queensland whistleblower about the controversial approval process involving two giant coal seam gas projects worth almost $50...

Revealed: Major new coal mines planned for the Upper Hunter

A Rio Tinto coal mine in the Hunter Valley.

Peter Hannam Leaked reports show that mining companies have prepared plans for as many as 16 new or expanded coal mines in the NSW Upper Hunter Valley.

Sydney weather: A summer for night owls not beach towels

A wet, sometimes wild summer for many along the NSW coast.

Peter Hannam It may not have felt like summer but Sydney has had another warmer-than-average season with nights particularly balmy.

Global warming: Australian deserts to expand as tropical circulation changes

Outlook: Climate change is affecting key tropical circulation patterns.

Peter Hannam Australia’s deserts will expand southward and dry periods will lengthen, according to new research on global warming.

Hunter Valley coal's annual health bill $600 million, doctors groups say

Liddell Power Station in the Hunter Valley.

Peter Hannam The coal industry in the Hunter Valley is leaving taxpayers with annual health bills running into the hundreds of millions of dollars and further mine expansion should be halted, according to a...

Cyclone Marcia: Climate change is expanding the tropics

Waves crash into a breakwall after Tropical Cyclone Marcia made landfall near Yeppoon.

Peter Hannam The southward shift of cyclones under climate change will force planners to demand stronger building standards as far south as Coffs Harbour on the NSW coast, according to Steve Turton, a...

Cyclone Marcia: How storm took forecasters by surprise

Tropical Cyclone Marcia as it neared the Queensland coast.

Peter Hannam Forecasters were predicting a category 2-sized storm before tropical Cyclone Marcia suddenly intensified.

Cyclone Lam and Cyclone Marcia: Twin severe storms a 'first' for Australia

Angry eye: VIIRS infrared imagery from @NASANPP of Cyclone Marcia as it approaches the eastern coast of Australia.

Peter Hannam Australia’s northern coasts are being battered by two severe tropical cyclones on Friday, the first time meteorologists have seen twin storms of such intensity making near-simultaneous landfall.

North-eastern NSW on flood watch as Cyclone Marcia bears down on Queensland

Emergency services  put sand bags in place in Brisbane.

Megan Levy and Peter Hannam Parts of the north-eastern NSW are expected to be lashed by heavy rain and possible flash flooding from a trough associated with Cyclone Marcia, a powerful Category 5 storm that is expected to make...

Mystery chemical triggers massive fish kill in Georges River

Fish kill in the Georges River.

Peter Hannam The NSW Environment Protection Authority is investigating the cause of a massive fish kill in the Georges River that has resulted in four tonnes of dead fish being hauled from the river.

AGL to review troubled CSG operations after latest setbacks

Troubled operations: Anti-CSG protesters in Gloucester last year.

Peter Hannam Energy giant AGL has announced a “comprehensive review” of its troubled coal seam gas operations, bowing to community and government pressure.

Hot January extends run of record worldwide warmth

A roof repairer works under the midday sun in Gilbert, Arizona.

Peter Hannam Worldwide temperatures are showing little sign of easing back from 2014’s record levels with January matching the warmest tallies for the month in 125 years of data.

AGL loses second outlet for treating Gloucester CSG waste water

Coal seam gas

Peter Hannam AGL’s coal seam gas operations in NSW have suffered a fresh setback with the processer of its waste water declining to take further shipments.

Rio Tinto, NSW government fast-tracked approval for Warkworth coal mine, emails show

Coal mining.

Peter Hannam The Baird government worked "hand in glove" with Rio Tinto to accelerate a key environmental approval for a coal mine expansion in the Hunter Valley, emails obtained under freedom of information laws...

Great Barrier Reef: late-season cyclone may ease coral bleaching threat

Lowering risk: Cyclones can stir up cooler water and make it less clear, reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the sea floor.

Peter Hannam The threat of major coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef looks to be receding with the onset of stormier weather.

Australian scientists make fresh attempt at explaining climate change

The Australian Academy of Science has updated its climate change information.

Peter Hannam Australia’s leading science body has reissued its climate change booklet in a bid to improve public understanding of the contentious subject.

NSW, Victorian health officials objected to federal wind farm study conclusion

Peter Hannam Australia's peak medical research agency has ignored the science of its own findings into the health effects of wind farms.

Reef-eating crown-of-thorns starfish spurred on by rising sea temperatures

Thorny issue: Rising temperatures are likely to increase numbers of coral-consuming starfish.

Peter Hannam Rising sea temperatures have been found by scientists to improve the survival rate of the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish in findings that are likely to stoke fears about the future of the...