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Tom Clarke

Science Editor
Science Editor Tom Clarke's beat varies from the pharmaceutical industry to climate change.
Science Editor Tom Clarke's beat varies from the pharmaceutical industry to climate change.

Since joining Channel 4 News in 2003, he has covered energy and the environment in from the Arctic Circle, seen some of the world's most endangered whales in Russia's far East, and followed the growing pains of the UK's landmark Climate Change Bill.

Tom started out as a scientist studying insects in the America’s deep south. After leaving the lab, Tom trained in journalism in New York. He worked as a science producer for American National Public Radio before returning to the UK to work for the science magazine Nature.

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post 20 November 2014
Is there a new fracking battle on the way?

What would it take to convince you to allow the mining of shale gas under your property? The giant chemical group Ineos thinks it has the answer,

post 17 November 2014
As we focus on Ebola, we underestimate bird flu at our peril

The risk of a not very deadly to humans strain of bird flu really does deserve headlines, even as the humanitarian tragedy of Ebola continues.

post 12 November 2014
Eyes on the prize as Rosetta faces comet touchdown

The European Space Agency's attempt to land a craft on a comet is among its riskiest-ever missions. But if it succeeds, the prize cannot be overestimated.

post 06 November 2014
Why thin people might thank their gut for their girth

Researchers have identified a new family of methane-producing bacteria called Chistensenellaceae that are found in nearly everybody's guts, but are more prevalent in the bellies of thin people.

video 03 November 2014 World

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Piecing together the Virgin Galactic crash

An investigation into the crash of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft - killing one of the pilots - has found that a safety device was deployed too early. Tom Clarke reports.

video 23 October 2014 World

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Ebola survivors shunned by communities in fear

The overwhelming joy of Ebola survivors is being undermined by the stigma they face in the communities they return to. Science Editor Tom Clarke reports from Sierra Leone on the cruelty of Ebola.

article 22 October 2014 World, Sierra Leone
Science Editor Tom Clarke in Crab Town, Sierra Leone
On the Ebola frontline in Sierra Leone

In some neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Freetown, Ebola orphans are left to fend for themselves while ambulances can't respond to Ebola calls. Science Editor Tom Clarke reports from Crab Town.

article 21 October 2014 World, Sierra Leone
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Adate, aged 10 - orphaned by Ebola, abandoned by neighbours

Adate, a young boy from Freetown, Sierra Leone, has lost his mother, his father and his sister to Ebola in the past week. Now neighbours shun him, fearing he also carries the virus.

video 20 October 2014 World, Sierra Leone

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Burying the Ebola dead in Sierra Leone - video

There is no panic: but the word 'Ebola' is everywhere - Channel 4 News Science Editor Tom Clarke reports from Sierra Leone in the heart of Ebola zone.

video 14 October 2014 World, Guinea

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Educating west Africa on spread of Ebola - video

Guinea President Alpha Condé tells Channel 4 News that people in west Africa do not understand why they cannot touch one another or bury their dead. "We are very tactile people."

post 10 October 2014
On the front line of Britain's response to Ebola

Porton Down is where blood samples from suspected UK Ebola cases are sent - and the lab staff are the busiest they've ever been.

video 10 October 2014

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Inside Porton Down Ebola laboratory - video

"This is where they handle live Ebola virus" - Channel 4 News Science Editor Tom Clarke visits a high-level virus containment lab at Porton Down.

post 07 October 2014
A sad entry into Ebola's history books

A Spanish nurse has tested positive for Ebola after helping treat a missionary doctor who was repatriated to Madrid last month.

post 01 October 2014
Are we heading for Ebola outbreak in the US?

The US is now dealing with the first case of Ebola to spread outside of Africa. As the size of the epidemic continues to grow exponentially there is a very high chance it won't be the last.

post 23 September 2014
What difference does a day make to climate change?

Today in New York the UN will sit down to talk about climate change. Again. But can one extra day of talking possibly make any difference to change the pace of action on global warming?

post 21 September 2014
Climate change: can the UN break the deadlock?

Organisers are expecting 100,000 people to take to the streets of Manhattan to call for global action on climate change. But will it translate to action in the corridors of the UN?

post 17 September 2014
UK volunteers step forward in the desperate battle against Ebola

With the spread of Ebola now out of control in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea a vaccine now being tested in the UK is probably the only hope for eventually stopping the outbreak.

post 11 September 2014
The terrifying mathematics of Ebola

Scientists estimate that the size of the Ebola epidemic in somewhere like Monrovia, the Liberian capital, could double in a fortnight.

video 09 September 2014 UK

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City buzz: bees swarm to the urban sprawl

It might be a concrete jungle, but bumblebees are quite content with a gritty urban lifestyle and not just rolling countryside, according to a new study. Science Editor Tom Clarke reports.