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Peter Hannam

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

Sydney weather: Snow closes Hume Motorway as storms move towards city

Peter Hannam Heavy snowfalls over the central ranges all the way up to New England are causing traffic chaos on NSW roads, with the Hume Motorway closed in both directions as wild weather heads towards Sydney.

Climate change: NSW Farmers Association changes policy, calls for fossil fuels transition

Woodlawn wind turbines: farmers want a transition away from fossil fuels.

Peter Hannam The peak NSW farm lobby group has shifted its climate change policy stance and has called on governments to back "the transition from fossil fuels".

Sydney weather: Brace for coldest couple of days in 20 years

A woman takes cover during rainy weather on Thursday in Sydney.

Peter Hannam Sydney is set for another cold and wet day on Friday with an east coast low expected to form offshore and bring damaging winds and rain during the morning.

Sydney weather: Wet, wild times ahead as east coast low looms

Rough weather moves in towards Waverley on Thursday morning.

Peter Hannam The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds and surf for Sydney and regions to the south as a "fast-moving low pressure system" forms late on Thursday or early on...

CEFC investments dive 45% amid renewable energy industry turmoil

Opening of the 40 MW Royalla Solar Farm in the ACT in September 2014.

Peter Hannam Investments by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the $10 billion green investment bank under siege from the Abbott government, has reported an 45 per cent drop in annual commitments amid turmoil...

Hottest June on record keeps world on track for hottest year

Peter Hannam Last month was the hottest June on record by a wide margin, Japan Meteorological Agency said, increasing the likelihood that 2015 will also be the warmest.

June hottest on record: Japan Meteorological Agency

Australia needs tougher climate change policies to meet post-2020 targets, says the Grattan Institute

Peter Hannam Record highs increase likelihood that 2015 will also be the warmest year recorded.

Big solar gets $100m boost from ARENA as funding issues linger

Peter Hannam The billion-dollar body devoted to supporting new clean energy technologies plans to pour in $80-$100 million to support a near-doubling of large-scale solar energy capacity.

Sydney weather: Another bout of cold weather on the way

Another bout of wild weather will require more rugging up.

Peter Hannam South-eastern Australian will be buffeted by its second big cold front in less than a week, with snow again predicted to fall over much of the Victorian and NSW ranges.

NSW Minerals Council accused of backflipping on key mining policy change

A driver climbs from a truck at Rio Tinto's Bengalla coal mine.

Peter Hannam The NSW Minerals Council has been accused of double standards for campaigning against a balance of economic, environmental and social concerns for mining approvals that it supported just three years...

Sydney weather: Another cold front on the way to reinforce the chill

Good news for the snowfields with more follow-up snow on the way.

Peter Hannam The giant cold snap that brought blizzards to mountains along Australia's Great Dividing Range will linger until at least the coming weekend with another front set to reinforce the mid-winter chill.

Australia can be a global solar and wind superpower, and the CEFC is the key

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Peter Hannam Australia is perfectly placed to become the next global superpower of renewable energy. The key to this dream becoming reality is the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

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Battlelines drawn as rich Liverpool Plains put on the coalmining map

Harvesters process corn on the Liverpool Plains, where a major coal mine won federal approval.

Peter Hannam It is Australia's richest farmland and even Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce thinks the "world has gone mad" when a giant open-cut coal mine gets the go-ahead to open in the middle of it.

Planning Assessment Commission letter on coal mine to stoke industry's fears

Liverpool Plains farmer Andrew Pursehouse is not impressed by the plan to mine coal on his land.

Peter Hannam The coal industry won a major mine approval this week, but a policy change could make it harder for future projects to proceed.

Can you tell the difference between natural and man-made snow?

Heading up the slopes at Perisher: Durable man-made snow means more skiers can get a good run.

Peter Hannam Gather a bunch of weekend snowbunnies together and chances are they will boast a preference for natural over man-made snow. They would probably be unable to tell the difference, experts say.

Snow time for homeward-bound holidaymakers as cold front moves in

Ski resorts can expect a lift as a big cold snap moves in.

Peter Hannam The most significant cold spell for years is sweeping across southern Australia, delivering much-needed snow to alpine resorts.

Biggest cold outbreak since 2000 to send temperatures plunging

Winter will make itself felt in the next week or so.

Peter Hannam A strong cold front will sweep over much of Australia over the weekend, bringing potentially the largest outbreak of frigid conditions in 15 years, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Giant Shenhua Watermark coal mine wins federal approval from Environment Minister Greg Hunt

Opposition among farmers to mining on the Liverpool Plains.

Peter Hannam The $1.2 billion Shenhua Watermark has won federal government approval despite claims by the peak NSW farm group that the open-cut mine would "blow a 35-square-kilometre hole" in some of Australia's...

Abbott government's 'blue tape' costs consumers billions, report finds

Unplugged: electricity savings momentum is running out, new report finds.

Peter Hannam A drop in energy use by Australians has slashed billions of dollars from energy bills since 2010, but those savings are threatened by policies by the Abbott government and some conservative state...

El Nino tracks path of most intense event as bureau expects further strengthening

The El Nino remains on course to be particularly strong this year.

Peter Hannam The El Nino climate pattern taking hold in the Pacific remains on track to be one of the strongest on record - a trend that may be lost on many Australians in the coming couple of weeks as a cool...