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Peter Hannam

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

Clean energy jobs and investments are at risk, says industry group

Peter Hannam, Mark Kenny NSW stands to lose as much as $2.5 billion in investment in 10 approved wind farms that won't proceed if the federal government achieves its goal of slashing the renewable energy target, an industry...

Emissions from energy generation hit eight-year high after carbon price axed

Peter Hannam Carbon emissions from the country’s main electricity grid have risen since the end of the carbon tax by the most in almost eight years.

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Wild surf batters Sydney beaches

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Peter Hannam Severe weather system with wind gusts in excess of 90km/h and rough seas pummels the NSW coast, Nick Moir reports.

Wild surf batters Sydney coast line

Peter Hannam Severe weather system with wind gusts up to 93km/h and rough seas pummel Sydney beaches.

Kids cheer and traffic snarls as white out hits peaks and troughs

Calves sheep during very cold weather and snow in the Central Tablelands near Jenolan Caves.
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Peter Hannam A burst of wintry weather brought heavy snow and ice to the Blue Mountains and central ranges, causing major traffic snarls but also bringing delight for visitors.

Climate concerns on the rise

Climate change

Peter Hannam Concern among Australians about climate change is on the rise, a trend likely to continue amid record temperatures and President Barack Obama's carbon emission cuts, according to the Lowy Institute.

Australia's emissions cut target triples overnight thanks to failure to repeal carbon tax

Power lines hang from transmission towers outside GDF Suez Australian Energy's Hazelwood coal-fired power station as morning mist surrounds the facility in Morwell, Australia, on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will cut spending and limit tax concessions to fund a move to emissions trading a year ahead of schedule, should his Labor government win this year's election. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Peter Hannam Australia's greenhouse gas cut targets quietly tripled on Saturday night, from a 5 per cent cut by 2020 to a cut of more than 18 per cent.

Warmer climate to suit female sea turtles

Leatherback turtle

Peter Hannam Sea turtles are likely to be beneficiaries of a warming climate as hotter incubation conditions trigger a rising share of female hatchlings.

Climate change: Race against time that no-one wants to win

Peter Hannam When Dan Arvizu joined the New York commission formed in the wake of hurricane Sandy, the energy expert studied recommendations made after a destructive storm a decade earlier - all of which had been...

Green homes cheaper to run and build, so reach for the stars

NCH WEEKENDER - Weekender Home no.20 Angophora Drive, Vintage Hunter Valley, Rothbury-  Putting green in the backyard --      31st Jan 2014  pic by Peter Stoop

Peter Hannam When the CSIRO began the biggest study of energy performance of Australian houses, one resident bemoaned the woeful output of his home's photovoltaic panels only to be told the unit was actually a...

Australian climate report reveals more hot days

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Peter Hannam The rise in the number of extremely hot days is underlined in a new report that finds there were more in 2013 than in the 1910-40 period combined.

Heat extremes rising over land, confounding 'hiatus' claims, scientists say

Peter Hannam Heat extremes over land are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity, a climate shift partly concealed in global mean temperatures by cooling trends over the oceans, a new study has found.

Climate change sceptic Dick Warburton's new role adds to renewable energy uncertainty

clean energy

Peter Hannam D espite a role on a Gillard government panel to help cut the impact of the carbon tax on companies exposed to foreign competition, former Caltex chairman Dick Warburton is no fan of carbon controls.

El Nino tracking system in Pacific Ocean faces collapse

Peter Hannam The Abbott government says it has no plans to help fund a Pacific Ocean system of buoys monitoring extreme weather patterns that is now facing collapse.

Government seeks review of wind farm impact

Peter Hannam The federal government will press ahead with "an independent" study into the supposed impact on health of wind farms.

Abbott government will go ahead with new wind farm study on health

Peter Hannam The federal government will press ahead with 'an independent program' to study the health effects of wind farms even though a survey of global research on the issue by a leading Australian medical...

Bright sparks scoop top award for cutting cost of solar power

Peter Hannam Australia's world-leading efforts to drive down the cost of solar energy have been recognised.

Sydney saved from worst of heat reaching record highs elsewhere

Weather

Peter Hannam Fierce heat from Australia's second big heatwave of the summer will push further into NSW on Thursday, extending the band of 40-degree maximums closer to Sydney.

Records add heat to climate debate

heat wave

Peter Hannam and David Wroe A sweltering 2013, Australia's hottest year on record, is the product of climate change and the warming trend is set to continue, experts say.

Climate policy will cap funds at $1.55bn

Peter Hannam The Abbott government's hallmark climate change policy to replace the carbon tax highlights the scale of the task to cut greenhouse gas emissions in an expanding economy, with limited funds and many...