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Peter Hannam writes on environment issues for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Scientists critical of Murray-Darling plan picked for fish-kill probe

Scientists critical of Murray-Darling plan picked for fish-kill probe

Some of the plan's most outspoken critics have been selected for an independent probe, called by the federal opposition, into the recent fish kills

  • by Peter Hannam

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Sydney desalination plant just days from starting up as dam levels dive

Sydney desalination plant just days from starting up as dam levels dive

Sydney households will have up to $35 added to their annual water bills to cover the  restart of the city's desalination plant, the Berejiklian government says.

  • by Peter Hannam
Biggest land-for-conservation deal aimed at heading off irrigators

Biggest land-for-conservation deal aimed at heading off irrigators

One of the most important wetlands in the Riverina has been saved from potential conversion into cotton or rice farms in what's being claimed as the largest purchase of private land for conservation in Australia's history.

  • by Peter Hannam
Water bird numbers reveal long-term decline of Menindee Lakes' health
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Water bird numbers reveal long-term decline of Menindee Lakes' health

Water bird numbers at Menindee Lakes, near the site of this year's massive fish kill, are in long-term decline as regulation of lake levels deviates from natural cycles, according to leading ecologist Richard Kingsford.

  • by Peter Hannam
'Not too late': Australians develop carbon model with DiCaprio's help

'Not too late': Australians develop carbon model with DiCaprio's help

Renewable energy can supplant fossil fuels across the global economy, with Australia among the three regions best-placed to benefit because of its rich solar and wind resources.

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Top scientists agree to Labor request to study Darling River fish kill
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Top scientists agree to Labor request to study Darling River fish kill

Leading Australian scientists will conduct a study into causes of the huge fish kill on the Darling River and the wider issue of water mismanagment after accepting a request from Labor leader, Bill Shorten.

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'Cultural water': Indigenous water claims finally on Darling agenda

'Cultural water': Indigenous water claims finally on Darling agenda

It's been a long time coming, but there's a growing recognition of the cultural significance Aboriginal groups place on the Barka - and the need for water rights to go with it.

  • by Peter Hannam
Under the pump: cotton industry rejects blame for ailing Darling River

Under the pump: cotton industry rejects blame for ailing Darling River

This week, the only sign of vegetation on the 40-square kilometres of irrigable land at the Darling Farms outside Bourke was the odd weed.

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'One died in front of us': More dead fish surface in the Darling River

'One died in front of us': More dead fish surface in the Darling River

More dead fish are turning up in the Darling River at Menindee, about 10 days after a mass die-off in the far-western NSW region killed off as many as 1 million fish.

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Sydneysiders urged to stay indoors as heatwave worsens

Sydneysiders urged to stay indoors as heatwave worsens

Ozone levels are expected to rise across the city as temperatures increase, with NSW Health urging people to stay indoors where possible.

  • by Peter Hannam & Sarah Keoghan
'Not a bathtub': Burke demands better monitoring of Murray-Darling
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'Not a bathtub': Burke demands better monitoring of Murray-Darling

Labor's water spokesman says getting better information about the state of Murray-Darling Basin ecosystems is "an absolute priority".

  • by Peter Hannam