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Peter Hannam

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

Native vegetation codes open way for destructive clearing: environmental groups

Peter Hannam Proposed loosening of land-clearing codes by the O'Farrell government will allow NSW farmers to “slash, burn and rip” will little oversight, environmental groups claim.

IPCC dispute simmers over economic costs of climate change


Peter Hannam A dispute over how a key United Nations report will treat the costs of climate change continues to simmer, with a lead author of the section on economics distancing himself from the summary to be...

Sydney's abnormally warm weather has months to run


Peter Hannam Sydney and most of south-eastern Australia are likely to see warmer and drier than usual weather extending well into winter at least, forecasters say.

Water treatment plant failed, despite deluge planning


Peter Hannam The water treatment plant that failed after Monday's deluge, prompting Sydney Water to appeal to about 250,000 households to cut back on water use, was examined for just such an event last year.

Drought-threatening El Nino event increasingly likely, bureau says

El Nino

Peter Hannam The prospects for a hotter and drier than usual year for much of Australia are increasing with the Bureau of Meteorology identifying further signs of an El Nino weather pattern forming in the...

Australia's record hot year much more likely because of global warming: report

Photograph Simon O'Dwyer. Fairfax Media. January16th 2014.
Wangaratta RSPC employee Kristy Hand sprays Bindi to cool down whilst shelter supervisor Jan Thomas gives Rick a pat ready for his go. Victoria is into it's fourth day of temperatures over 40 degrees.

Peter Hannam Global warming caused by humans "vastly increased the odds" of Australia's record hot year in 2013, according to Australian research cited in the World Meteorological Organisation's annual Status of...

IPCC report downplays economic impacts of climate change, reviewer says


Peter Hannam An upcoming United Nations report on climate change has been altered after the expert review stage, with changes added that downplay the economic impacts of a warming planet, according to one of the...

Sydney residents asked to curb water use after heavy rainfall


Peter Hannam Residents in Sydney’s south-west have been asked to avoid using dishwashers and washing machines to conserve drinking water supplies after heavy storms forced the shutdown of a major filtration plant.

Wild weather rocks Sydney: One dead, two hit by lightning


Alexandra Back, Emma Partridge, Peter Hannam Wild weather rocked Sydney on Monday and left one man drowned, two struck by lightning and at least six people trapped in their cars on flooded streets.

US will keep pushing nations like Australia on climate change action, says former adviser


Peter Hannam The Obama administration will closely monitor how nations such as Australia tackle climate change, as the US President makes greenhouse gas emission cuts one of his signature policies, according to...

Storms expected but record warm run to continue

A lone seagull watching the sun rise over North Cronulla beach.

Peter Hannam Sydney faces the chance of more thunderstorms on Friday and over the weekend as the city’s run of record warm weather heads towards a third week.

Miners offered more options to defray habitat destruction

Peter Hannam Mining companies will be given greater flexibility in how they compensate for sensitive habitats destroyed by their operations under a draft policy proposed by the O'Farrell government.

Wind farms in NSW to face more red tape

Wind farm.

Peter Hannam Community groups will be given more power to object to wind farm projects in NSW, a move environmental groups and a renewable energy firm say amounts to halting the industry’s growth in the state.

Thunderstorm warning for Sydney's fringe revised


Saffron Howden, Peter Hannam Sydney's near-perfect summer has extended well into autumn, with the city notching up a record run of warm days for the season.

Climate change will force relocation of millions, says UN draft report

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Peter Hannam Global warming will displace millions of people, trigger falling crop yields, stoke conflict and cost trillions of dollars in lost economic output, a United Nations report will warn.

Food security, economy to be hit by climate change, leaked IPCC draft report shows


Peter Hannam Global warming will displace millions of people, trigger falling crop yields, stoke conflict and cost trillions of dollars in lost economic output, a United Nations report will warn.

Snowy Hydro's independent monitoring faces axe


Peter Hannam The independent body tasked with overseeing environmental flows to rivers affected by the Snowy Hydro scheme faces the axe next week, to be replaced by a panel handpicked by NSW Minister for Primary...

Second storm of weekend causes widespread damage


Peter Hannam Sydney's north and northern beaches bore the brunt of wild weather on Sunday afternoon. Residents reported tornado-like scenes and widespread blackouts.

Storms buffet Sydney events

Mammatus cloud

Peter Hannam Emergency crews are racing to restore power and remove fallen trees after a band of thunderstorms raced across Sydney.