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Peter Hannam

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

Australia to bake as western heat heads east

Peter Hannam Summer will return with a vengeance to much of southern Australia in coming days as an intense build-up of heat spreads east.

Summer's longest burst of heat coming our way

Some good beach weather ahead - beat the rush.

Peter Hannam Much of Australia, including western NSW, is likely to experience a warm couple of weeks as a slow-moving high pressure system fosters a build-up of heat over the continent.

AGL contractor did not test for BTEX before sewer discharge, Hunter Water says

AGL has been ordered to halts its CSG operations in Gloucester pending the results of two investigations.

Peter Hannam AGL’s contractor did not test for toxic chemicals in flowback water before it was treated and discharged into Newcastle’s main sewerage network, the state agency Hunter Water says.

Brown coal increase drives up power sector's carbon emissions

Hazelwood, a La Trobe Valley brown coal-fired power plant.

Peter Hannam A rebound in demand for Victorian brown coal since the end of the carbon tax continues to drive up the emissions intensity of Australia’s main electricity market, according to energy...

Eating too much shark meat can damage your health

Shark fin soup might have high arsenic levels.

Peter Hannam Too much eating of shark in fish and chips and other meals might damage your health.

Southern oceans play major role in absorbing world's excess heat, study finds

Oceans store about 93 per cent of the extra heat taken up by Earth.

Peter Hannam The world’s oceans are heating at the rate of two trillion 100-watt light bulbs burning continuously, providing a clear signal of global warming, according to new research assessing data from a...

NSW gives green light to two big coal mine expansions

Coal mine extensions near Mudgee and Muswellbrook get the green light.

Peter Hannam The NSW Planning Assessment Commission has given conditional approval for large extensions of two coal mines north-west of Sydney, adding potentially 31 million tonnes of extra coal output a year.

Sydney weather: Don't rule out a return of summer heat

Back in the swim: enticing sea temperatures at Sunday's 2015 Cole Classic.

Peter Hannam Don’t store away the beach towels just yet, with balmy waters and warming day-time temperatures set to return by the weekend.

NSW signs up to global climate group

The Climate Group welcomes a conservative state government in Australia as its newest member.

Peter Hannam The Baird government has moved to burnish its climate change credentials, becoming Australia’s first conservative government to sign up to The Climate Group.

Time to cut our meteorologists some slack - is God or science in control

Time to cut our BoM some slack.

Peter Hannam Meteorology is arguably a magnet for more than its fair share of myths. Here's why we are increasingly wrong about forecasting failures.

Sweating it out: Climate change extremes to impact on sport

Spectators cool off with popsicles.

Peter Hannam While the training and playing seasons for winter sports such as AFL and NRL stretch ever further into the warmer months, traditionally summer pastimes such as cricket and tennis squads – and...

Giant Shenhua Watermark coal mine in the Liverpool Plains approved

Shenhua gets the nod for its Watermark coal mine.

Peter Hannam The NSW government has been accused of “signing the death warrant for the Liverpool Plains” after the Planning Assessment Commission approved the $1.

AGL faces delays, additional conditions after BTEX chemicals detected

Peter Hannam AGL's coal seam gas ambitions in the Gloucester area have been dealt a double blow with the launch of two government investigations into the detection of toxic BTEX chemicals in flowback water from...

Source of toxic BTEX chemicals likely focus of dual inquiries

Peter Hannam The source - rather than the presence - of toxic BTEX chemicals in flowback water extracted from AGL’s coal seam gas wells will be the likely focus of the dual inquiries by the NSW government.

Universities flunk climate readiness test

Peter Hannam Australian universities are failing the climate readiness test, with few institutions factoring global warming risks into their investment portfolios, according to a new survey.

NSW government suspends AGL's CSG operations in Gloucester

Gloucester Valley: AGL's CSG project has been suspended.

Peter Hannam The Baird government has suspended AGL's operations at its pilot coal seam gas field in northern NSW pending the result of an investigation launched on Wednesday, Energy Minister Anthony Roberts said.

AGL suspends CSG drilling near Gloucester after chemical find

AGL has halted its CSG operations in Gloucester.

Peter Hannam The NSW Environment Protection Authority has criticised AGL for a lack of transparency and launched a "full investigation" after the energy giant disclosed it had detected banned BTEX chemicals in...

Sydney weather: Rain triggers traffic snarls, damages roofs

Keep those umbrellas handy for the next few days at least.

Peter Hannam Sydney's heaviest rains in about 14 weeks have triggered traffic snarls with some roads flooded, book-ending a soggy start to the school year for many students and their parents.

Microburst storm snapped as Sydney endures soggy start to school year

Microburst photographed near Roma in outback Queensland.

Peter Hannam Images of a rare microburst storm have been captured by a photographer near Roma in outback Queensland.

Warmer, drier climate locked in for Melbourne, says CSIRO/Bureau of Meteorology report

Temperatures are on the rise across Australia for all seasons and all regions.

Peter Hannam Melbourne's climate can be expected to warm across all seasons, with less rainfall in winter but more intense rain events, according to the latest projections by the CSIRO and the Bureau of...