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

Malcolm Turnbull climate plan to deliver only one-seventh carbon cuts: The Climate Institute

Peter Hannam The centrepiece of the Turnbull government's climate policy will deliver just one-seventh of Australia's post-2020 carbon reduction goals, according to analysis by the Climate Institute.

Alan Finkel appointed Australia's next Chief Scientist

Dr Alan Finkel has been named Australia's new Chief Scientist.

Jane Lee, Peter Hannam Australia's next Chief Scientist lives in a house entirely powered by renewable energy and believes that everyone will eventually drive an electric car like him.

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Meet Alan Finkel, the man tipped to become Australia's next Chief Scientist

Dr Alan Finkel is tipped to become Australia's new Chief Scientist.

Jane Lee, Peter Hannam The man reportedly tipped to become Australia's next Chief Scientist lives in a house powered by renewable energy and believes that everyone will eventually drive an electric car like him.

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Barnaby Joyce 'certain' he will get control of water as Australia dries out

Peter Hannam Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says he remains "absolutely certain" Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will keep his promises to the Nationals, including responsibilities for water, amid reports of...

Climate Change Authority gets five new board members in possible reprieve

Wendy Craik, the new chair of the Climate Change Authority, when she was head of the National Farmers Federation in 2000.

Peter Hannam The Turnbull government has appointed former National Farmers Federation head Wendy Craik and four others to the board of the Climate Change Authority for five-year terms, indicating the agency may...

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Liberal leadership: the card-carrying Labor member who'll change her vote

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Peter Hannam Michele Wright is the type of voter Liberal MPs who backed Malcolm Turnbull had in mind when they toppled Tony Abbott as the country's prime minister.

Tony Windsor may run against Barnaby Joyce after 'provocative' mine approval


Peter Hannam Tony Windsor, the maverick rural MP who helped Labor keep office during the last parliament, said he is considering running again for the seat of New England after the Abbott government gave its...

Power sector to get special treatment under Direct Action

Hazelwood: Australia's most emissions-intensive major power plant.

Peter Hannam and Lisa Cox The Abbott government has proposed a major concession to the heavy-polluting electricity industry in its Direct Action climate change policy by exempting individual companies from caps on emissions.

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Julie Bishop says Barack Obama wrong about climate change threat to Great Barrier Reef

Julie Bishop: Obama overstated climate change threat to Great Barrier Reef.

Latika Bourke and Peter Hannam Julie Bishop has rejected Barack Obama's assertion that the Great Barrier Reef is under threat from climate change in a further sign of the Australian Government's displeasure with the US President's...

Barack Obama praises 'historic' climate deal as Labor steps up attack on Coalition

The new power generation: US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the end of their news conference in Beijing.

Philip Wen, James Massola, Lisa Cox, Peter Hannam Barack Obama says the US and China have 'a special responsibility' to lead the global effort on climate change.

RET deal off: The only certainty is uncertainty for the clean energy industry

Storms over renewables are becalming investments.

Peter Hannam Labor's decision to end talks for a compromise leaves the government no options but to try to secure another Palmer United Party back-flip.

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Abbott government's Direct Action plan casts pall of uncertainty

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Peter Hannam Direct Action, the centrepiece of the Abbott government’s efforts to address climate change, remains a largely unknown quantity even in the wake of this week’s breakthrough deal between...

Compensation action shadows government proposal to cut renewable energy target: law report

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Australia's biggest wind farm at Codrington and which has plans for another much bigger 150 megawatt wind farm around Portland, Victoria.

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Peter Hannam Lowering the renewable energy target is likely to undermine existing investments while freezing new ones, and open the federal government to demands for compensation, a leading law firm has said in a...

Renewable energy stall costs first job losses as 100 cut in Victoria

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Peter Hannam A Victorian manufacturer has become the first employer to cut jobs after the Abbott government revealed its plans to slice the renewable energy target by as much as 40 per cent.

'Real 20%': Abbott government reveals position on renewable energy target


Lisa Cox, Peter Hannam The Abbott government is supporting a scaling back of the renewable energy target which they say will better reflect changes in demand for electricity.

Climate Change Authority's Bernie Fraser calls for renewable energy target to be extended

Bernie Fraser wants the renewable energy target extended.

Peter Hannam The timing of the renewable energy target should be extended and inefficient fossil-fuel generators paid to exit the industry as a way of ending an impasse over the future of the clean energy sector,...

Labor rejects Tony Abbott's renewable energy olive branch

Mark Butler, Labor's climate change spokesman said the government had shattered the notion of bipartisanship over the renewable energy target.

Peter Hannam Hopes of a bipartisan accord to break an impasse over the renewable energy target have dimmed, with Labor saying it won’t be a party to a broken election promise by the government.

Clive Palmer vows to block RET changes as industry fears worst

Gloom sets in for renewable energy sector.

Lisa Cox and Peter Hannam Clive Palmer has vowed to block any move by the Abbott government to weaken or abolish Australia’s renewable energy target (RET) during this parliament.

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Qantas, Virgin targeted by ACCC over carbon pricing

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Peter Hannam Qantas and Virgin are the target of tough talks with the competition regulator, with top official Rod Sims declaring his agency is “very sceptical” about the airlines’ claims they...

Giant Galilee coal mine gets Canberra nod

Adani has big plans for Galiliee coal.

Peter Hannam The federal government has approved a giant Queensland coalmine that it says will generate as much as $300 billion for the economy but which environmental groups say will contribute to a...