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.


post 10 April 2014
Drug trial data to be made available - a happy ending for the tale of Tamiflu

Thanks to some tenacious scientists, research data should be much more freely available in years to come.

article 10 April 2014 UK
Packs of Tamiflu (Reuters)
Pandemic flu: was the Tamiflu stockpile a waste of money?

Scientists conclude there is insufficient evidence to back the government's decision to stockpile the drug Tamiflu to tackle pandemics such as the outbreak of swine flu in 2009.

post 08 April 2014
MH370 search faces ridges, canyons and spiralling costs

Search teams are listening out for more radio signals from the missing airliner, but navigating the ocean floor is a massive challenge.

post 04 April 2014
Is there life in the oceans of Saturn's icy moon?

A vast lake under the surface of Enceladus, Saturn's icy moon, brings with it hopes of finding extra-terrestrial life.

post 31 March 2014
'Nobody on planet untouched by impacts of climate change'

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is out and it warns of direct risks to humanity from flood, famine and conflict.

post 28 March 2014
Why water is now the biggest threat to our island nation

Ahead of publication of the latest IPCC report, there's no real argument about the major climate change threat to the UK. Water is set to become this country's biggest problem.

post 20 March 2014
Two grainy images could be our best clues yet in search for lost plane

Two grainy satellite images that may or may not be wreckage from missing flight MH370 could be our strongest lead so far in the search for the plane. There's a compelling reason why.

post 17 March 2014
Do we finally know what followed the Big Bang?

If true, Monday's result from a radio telescope in the Antarctic is one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of science - but for the time being it remains a pretty big if.

post 13 March 2014
Healthy cynicism: campaigners give up on government food group

The government's key forum for healthy eating is so ineffective it should be scrapped. That's the view of the campaigners behind Action on Sugar.

post 05 March 2014
Flood-proofing the Somerset levels will be a pricey endeavour

Raising roads, dredging rivers, installing a tidal barrage: Somerset's to-do list has been presented to government, but the cost will be high.

article 05 March 2014 UK
Dead badger awaiting forensic examination (Channel 4 News)
Badger post mortems raise further questions over cull

Post mortems of badgers killed during a recent cull raise further questions about whether the policy is humane and effective, say wildlife experts. Channel 4 News has exclusive sight of the results.

post 28 February 2014
Badger culling: three strikes and you're out?

When the government launched its policy on culling badgers it contained three very strict rules. It is fair to say the policy has failed on all of them.

video 26 February 2014 World, China

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Beijing runs out of face masks after smog alerts - video

They are running out of face masks in Beijing after a week of thick smog left residents fearing for their health. Air particle readings are more than 20 times recommended safety levels.

post 21 February 2014
Adapt and survive: James Lovelock's advice on climate change

Scientist James Lovelock, who created the Gaia theory, says we should stop arguing about the causes of climate change and spend money adapting to a changing world.

post 14 February 2014
Extreme weather: it's not just Britain suffering

Our Science editor Tom Clarke takes a look at the links between global warming and our current battering by extreme weather.

video 13 February 2014 UK

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Saturation point: drone camera view of floods - video

Ground water flooding is continuing to cause havoc to people's homes. Channel 4 News captures the devastation with a drone camera.

video 12 February 2014 UK

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Rising sewage: the latest floods problem - video

"What lies beneath" is quickly becoming "what lies above", as the UK floods bring new problems - including groundwater rising through the earth, bringing with it sewage.

post 07 February 2014
Oldest human footprint outside Africa found on Norfolk beach

Muddy footprints uncovered by a storm last year on a Norfolk beach are the oldest human tracks discovered outside of Africa - and provide firm evidence ancestral humans lived in Britain up to 800,000

article 19 November 2013 Science
Comet Ison, photographed by Damian Peach - all rights reserved
Will Comet Ison light up the skies above earth?

Ison, one of the brightest comets ever, is passing above us. It promises unique insights into the history of our planetary neighbourhood - though the full moon may obscure its visibility.