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Peter Hannam

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

Stepping Stones program supports farmers to replant natural habitat after mining

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.

Rehabilitation may suffer as coal mining sinks, mayor warns

Mount Arthur's coal mine – the biggest in NSW – looms over the Muswellbrook countryside.

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,...

Mike Baird changes tack on coal as NSW starts to prepare for industry's decline

NCH - NEWS -     Mt Thorley Coal mine.... Production Supervisor, Nigel Moore talks to NSW Premier, Mike Baird.   Photo by MARINA NEIL - 28th April 2015.

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...

Rising global temperatures: when will climate change deniers throw in the towel

Climate change deniers, it's time to throw in the towel.

Peter Hannam Last year was far warmer than the previous record hot year - which was 2014.

December temperature spike capped record hot year in 2015, US agencies say

Record heat was reported from the oceans to the land in 2015.

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.

Sydney weather: Thursday set to be another scorcher

Thursday is set to be another scorcher.

Peter Hannam Sydney can expect another scorcher on Thursday, with temperatures again climbing just shy of the 40-degree mark in western suburbs.

Paris climate limit will see some parts of world warm by 6 degrees: Nature paper

The Mediterranean, central Brazil and the lower 48 states of the US are among the areas likely to warm by 2 degrees by about 2030.

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...

Sydney weather: Surprise temperature spike as sea breeze fails

Get in early as the heat ramps up.

Peter Hannam Sydney is sweltering through another hot day after the sea breeze failed to kick in.

Bengalla coal mine dam overflow makes it three spills under EPA investigation

Coal has a water problem at three Hunter Valley mines.

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.

Weird weather rolls on with Hurricane Alex after hottest December, year

Hurricane Alex forms in the central Atlantic - a rarity in January.

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.

Losing the plot: how native vegetation mapping went feral

Old land clearing on a property near Cobar in central western NSW, an area with limited on-ground vegetation data.

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.

Claims of a cover-up and millions wasted in NSW native vegetation mapping saga

Satellite imagery can only get you so far when it comes to mapping vegetation on the ground.

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...

Confidence in renewable energy sector 'evaporated' after Abbott cut: Bloomberg

The renewable energy industry's outlook is still clouded in Australia.

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...

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Power sector carbon emissions jumped 3.8 million tonnes in 2015: Pitt & Sherry

Power sector emissions are rising, making carbon goals harder to hit.

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.

Greenhouse gas rise will delay next ice age by as much as 100,000 years, scientists say

An ice cave on the Svinafellsjokull Glacier in Iceland.

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...

Sydney weather: Mercury a chance to nudge 40 degrees if sea breezes fail

Dog days of summer across much of south-eastern Australia.

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.

Wambo Coal mine in Hunter investigated by Environment Protection Authority over dam wall collapse

Peabody's Wambo open-cut coal mine in the Hunter Valley.

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.

Summer heat builds across southern Australia as big El Nino starts to break down

Cooling off: another scorcher ahead for inland NSW.

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.

Santos coal seam gas waste-water pond leaked briefly during commissioning

A coal seam gas construction site in the Pilliga Forest near Narrabri.

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.

Sydney weather: Biggest heat surge in decades sends pollen count soaring

Get in early before the beaches start to fill.

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.