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 13 May 2015
Dark clouds on horizon for renewable energy, despite new solar high

The amount of wind and solar power being produced in the UK has risen rapidly. But industry bodies fear government plans to cut subsidies could undermine moves to a low carbon future.

post 23 April 2015
Human genetic modification: a bold step forward or a slippery slope?

Well they've only gone and done it. A team of Chinese scientists have published research showing that they have used "gene editing" techniques to manipulate the DNA of a human embryo.

post 10 April 2015
Could Network Rail be breaching law by cutting down trees?

Network Rail stands accused of ignoring laws designed to protect wildlife as it battles to clear hundreds of thousands of trees which line the network.

article 02 April 2015 UK
A red kite hovers overhead (Getty)
Red kites: from the brink of extinction to life in the burbs

After persecuting them nearly to extinction, mankind is helping red kites make an incredible comeback, with thousands of suburban bird lovers now feeding the majestic raptors in their back gardens.

post 24 March 2015
Mysterious crash of one of the world's safest aircraft

The Airbus A320 involved in the Germanwings crash is one of the world's safest aircraft. And based on the limited details available, experts are describing the incident as bizarre.

post 19 March 2015
The solar eclipse: how you can view it

On Friday we will see the deepest eclipse of the Sun so far this century. For most of us, of course, the view will be ruined by cloud, fog and rain just as it was for the total eclipse in 1999.

post 25 February 2015
Computers learning to play video games: why it matters

UK researchers have created a programme capable of playing a large number of computer games, looking only at the information on the screen.

post 17 February 2015
How feasible is a mission to settle Mars?

There is no supersaver return option for Mars. Restrictions of weight and cost would make a "Mars return" mission very expensive indeed.

video 03 February 2015 UK

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Britain votes for world's first 'three-parent' IVF babies

MPs back regulations to permit the use of an IVF technique which allows the creation of a baby bearing DNA from three people.

post 02 February 2015
Risks and potential rewards of 'three-parent embryos'

As MPs prepare to debate the pros and cons of mitrochondrial donation, or "three-parent babies", do we know enough about the risks involved?

post 25 January 2015
New images of Pluto are about to reveal the true face of the dwarf planet

Nasa's New Horizons probe is to start photographing the icy, mysterious world of Pluto, to prepare itself for a historic encounter in July.

post 16 January 2015
Beagle 2 - a very British space mission

As Colin Pillinger's widow Dr Judith Pillinger put it this morning, her husband no doubt would have described it as having "hit the crossbar" rather than missing the goal completely.

video 15 January 2015 UK

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Is inactivity more lethal than obesity? - video

New research shows that even as little as a brisk 20-minute walk a day can transform your life expectancy - and exercise trumps diet in cutting death rates. Does Jon Snow agree?

article 12 January 2015 UK
How did milk become cheaper than bottled water? - video

A global glut of milk has caused a crash in prices. It is now cheaper than bottled water. Dairy farmers say they can no longer compete and fear they'll be driven out of business, reports Tom Clarke.

post 09 January 2015
Can SpaceX make commercial rockets more affordable?

If today's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center is successful, it will be a big step towards making commercial rockets more affordable.

article 05 January 2015 Science
Are some people born to be fat?

A new trial is trying to establish whether a pregnant mother's diet could result in a predisposition to obesity later the child's life. What does this mean for how we treat overweight people?

post 10 December 2014
Rosetta latest: water brought to Earth by asteroids, not comets

The first major finding from the Rosetta mission that landed on a comet last month is that the theory that comets brought water to Earth probably doesn't hold water after all.

post 04 December 2014
Orion's launch - another giant leap in human space flight

Today's Orion spacecraft launch is unmanned - but it heralds a return to US astronauts voyaging independently in space.

post 30 November 2014
Is British Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone up to the job?

All is not going well at the British government's Ebola treatment hospital at Kerry Town. The hospital officially opened on 5 November but is still running at only a fraction of its 92-bed capacity.