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 15 July 2014
Fond and not-so-fond farewells to 'four brains' and OPatz

Owen Paterson, the outgoing environment secretary, was loathed by environmentalists and animal lovers. By contrast former science minister David Willetts was the darling of academics.

post 14 July 2014
How lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's

There may be no cure for Alzheimer's in sight - but new research gives cause for optimism that there is the chance of preventing it - for some.

post 09 July 2014
Campaign to keep Devon's beavers from being evicted

Beavers who have set up home in Devon should be left alone and allowed to flourish, wildlife enthusiasts say, as the government announces plans to re-locate them.

article 08 July 2014 Science
Alzheimer's disease (Getty Images)
Alzheimer's blood test 'could transform treatment'

A simple blood test that can predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease before recognisable symptoms appear could be available in two years, say scientists.

post 29 June 2014
How easy is it to spot cancer early?

No doctor would argue they shouldn't be more vigilant for common types of cancer. However some cancers are much harder to spot than others.

post 26 June 2014
Was Lord Smith's Environment Agency to blame for the floods?

The Environment Agency's Lord Smith had to face angry citizens during the winter floods. But isn't that the job of ministers?

post 04 June 2014
Coalition parties show their true colours on green policies

Nick Clegg famously mocked the Conservative party's environmental posturing by saying you could only turn blue into green by adding yellow - but the colours have failed to mix.

post 02 June 2014
Obama is brave - but King Coal has already lost its crown

President Obama is taking a bold stand on climate emissions. But conservative critics are exaggerating the risk to the US economy.

video 22 May 2014 UK

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Child's-eye view of Tesco ban on sweets at checkouts - video

Is Tesco's ban on sweets at the checkout the sign of changing times, or a gimmick to generate good headlines? Science Editor Tom Clarke investigates - with the help of the experts....

post 09 May 2014
Why UK scientists are wary of Pfizer's promises on research

As part of its bid for AstraZeneca, Pfizer has reached out to the UK's scientific community with reassurances that it values research. But history suggests otherwise.

video 05 May 2014 UK

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The blood of youth 'may reverse the ageing process' - video

Scientists have found that a transfusion of youthful blood could reverse the ageing process. Three separate studies - on mice - found the chemical make-up of younger blood has many health benefits.

post 30 April 2014
A microbial X-factor with Charles Darwin chairing the judges

Antibiotics have revolutionised modern medicine. But bacteria are fighting back. And the need to find new drugs is urgent, warns the World Health Organisation.

post 29 April 2014
Cancer survival dramatically improves - for some cancers

Half of all people diagnosed with cancer today will still be alive in 10 years' time, new analysis says - but a closer look finds big gaps in life expectancy for different types of cancer.

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.