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Peter Hannam covers broad environmental issues ranging from climate change to renewable energy for Fairfax Media.
Peter Hannam Andrew Shaw says he is "not a quintessential farmer". A more accurate view might be that you won't find many coal mine workers like him in the Hunter Valley.
Peter Hannam The ailing state of the coal industry means taxpayers may end up being lumped with the bill for the rehabilitation of some mines, while safety and other standards are also at risk, said Martin Rush,...
Peter Hannam The government has met with a series of anti-mining activists amid slumping industry fortunes, apparently making good on a pledge to give more equal weight to environmental and social issues when...
Peter Hannam Last year was far warmer than the previous record hot year - which was 2014.
Peter Hannam A remarkably warm December helped drive global surface temperatures in 2015 to easily the hottest year in records going back to 1880, the US National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration said.
Peter Hannam Sydney can expect another scorcher on Thursday, with temperatures again climbing just shy of the 40-degree mark in western suburbs.
Peter Hannam The Paris pact to limit global temperature increases to less than 2 degrees will still result in some parts of the planet warming by as much as six degrees because regional variations, researchers in...
Peter Hannam Sydney is sweltering through another hot day after the sea breeze failed to kick in.
Peter Hannam Environmental regulators are investigating an overflow at the Bengalla coal mine, bringing to three the number of mine spills in the Hunter under review.
Peter Hannam Sydneysiders got down to cleaning up their damaged properties on Friday after destructive winds accompanying a sudden cool change broke up the 40-degree heat a day earlier.
Peter Hannam A simmering dispute over native vegetation mapping in NSW is set to come a head this year as the Baird government prepares to overhaul its biodiversity protection laws.
Peter Hannam A bitter row over how to map NSW's precious natural habitat has split the state's environment ministry, prompting accusations of millions of dollars of waste, opaque funding processes and the...
Peter Hannam Investment in large-scale renewable energy in Australia remains stagnant two years after the Abbott government began a review of the sector, according to an annual survey by Bloomberg New Energy...
Peter Hannam Australia's greenhouse gases from its power sector jumped by 3.8 million tonnes in 2015, as emissions from the industry continued to increase after the end of the carbon price.
Peter Hannam The Earth is in the midst of an usually long spell between ice ages and the build-up of carbon dioxide emissions through the burning of fossil fuels may postpone the next glaciation event by at much...
Peter Hannam Sydney is in for another scorcher on Thursday with the potential for 40 degrees over much of the city ahead of a gusty cool change from the south.
Peter Hannam Environmental regulators are demanding coal mining giant Peabody Energy explain how a dam wall at a Hunter Valley mine collapsed amid heavy rain and the company took a week to report the incident.
Peter Hannam Most of NSW will climb into the 40s on Wednesday, sending fire danger ratings to severe in places, with little relief until a southerly buster arrives late the following day.
Peter Hannam One of Santos' four waste water holding ponds near Narrabri leaked briefly during its commissioning phase but none of the water leached into the environment, the company says.
Peter Hannam Sydney is in the midst of its biggest hot spell after heavy rain in almost three decades, a weather shift that will bring discomfort not just to those who don't like the heat.