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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.

'Significant impacts': Federal government issues Warragamba wall alert
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'Significant impacts': Federal government issues Warragamba wall alert

The government's controversial plan to raise the height of the Warragamba dam is likely to have "significant impacts" on threatened species, the federal environment department document shows.

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Newcastle City Council, UTS join the stampede into solar energy

Newcastle City Council, UTS join the stampede into solar energy

Two new solar farms add to the growing surge in the renewable energy source in NSW – and abroad.

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10 million animals a year die from tree clearing in NSW, report finds
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10 million animals a year die from tree clearing in NSW, report finds

The destruction of habitat on private land is pushing more species towards threatened or endangered status, such as the greater glider or even koalas, WWF-Australia.

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'Inexplicable': Power plants' pollution limits weak by world standards
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'Inexplicable': Power plants' pollution limits weak by world standards

Major coal-fired power stations in NSW have pollution controls that were so weak they are akin those in "fairly under-developed third world countries", a US energy expert claims.

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'We want to do everything we can': NSW readies for renewables surge

'We want to do everything we can': NSW readies for renewables surge

The NSW government has set aside $55 million to help smooth the introduction of new solar and wind farms.

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'Getting close': El Nino event seen as not far off as Sydney sizzles

'Getting close': El Nino event seen as not far off as Sydney sizzles

The hot start to November may be a taste of the summer to come with meteorologists watching a Pacific Ocean that is being primed for an El Nino event.

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'Records falling everywhere': solar panel demand goes through the roof

'Records falling everywhere': solar panel demand goes through the roof

Chaos in energy policy at the federal level is only one of the factors driving households to install solar PV at record levels.

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Temperatures to soar in Sydney on Friday, prompting total fire ban

Temperatures to soar in Sydney on Friday, prompting total fire ban

The large pool of heat that have been baking inland Australia will reach the east coast, pushing the mercury towards the 40-degree mark and prompting authorities to declare total fire bans for Sydney, the Illawarra and the Hunter.

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'Success guaranteed': Reef centre misses funding despite strong review
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'Success guaranteed': Reef centre misses funding despite strong review

A world-renowned coral reef research centre missed out on funding to groups proposing the study of the "digital child", "creative aging" and the Enlightenment despite an external review finding its plan to be "revolutionary".

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'Bare minimum': Greens arc up over Labor's climate policy rebuff
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'Bare minimum': Greens arc up over Labor's climate policy rebuff

The federal Greens approached their Labor counterparts to secure a 'joint leadership' on climate and energy policy ahead of the next year's elections, only to have their overture rebuffed.

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'New frontier': Green bank hits peak investment as renewable rush ebbs

'New frontier': Green bank hits peak investment as renewable rush ebbs

The nation's green investment bank will expand more into pumped hydro and industries such as agriculture and electric vehicles as the surge in renewable energy begins to subside.

  • by Peter Hannam