Environmental groups want more time to consider the impacts of Santos' Narrabri CSG project that will include as many as 850 wells, producing more than 100 tonnes of waste salt alone per day.
Peter Hannam is Environment Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald. He covers broad environmental issues ranging from climate change to renewable energy for Fairfax Media.
"All the arrows are pointing in a very bad direction," says Danny Price, who sits on the government's Climate Change Authority.
Labor's climate change spokesman Mark Butler has dismissed as "rubbish" widely circulating claims that Federal ALP had dropped its goal of achieving half of the nation's electricity will be supplied by renewable sources by 2030.
Unusually warm sea temperatures and the prospect for more to come have reef scientists worried that the Great Barrier Reef may experience another major coral bleaching event. And Sydney is also under threat.
The booming market for home storage could be thrown into disarray if proposed safety guidelines force owners to move their battery units outside.
Meteorologists were predicting NSW would set a state-wide record for February warmth during the current heatwave but few would have tipped the mark would be broken two days in a row.
Wayne "Bronco" Lunn has endured many summers in the shearing business in north-western NSW over four decades but he's never seen one like this year's.
Pointing our solar panels in the wrong direction is only one quirk in our strained energy system.
The Turnbull government's recent embrace of coal-fired power shows it has "abandoned all pretense of taking global warming seriously", prompting Clive Hamilton to resign as a member of the Climate Change Authority.
NSW faces potential power shortages during the coming heatwave, prompting the electricity market operator to demand additional supply.