Tom Clarke

Science Editor

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.

  • Published on 10 Dec 2016 Sections , ,

    We’re all familar with film classics like Peter Pan and the Lion King, but Owen Suskind from Massachusetts took devotion to a whole new level.

  • Published on 8 Dec 2016 Sections ,

    From clean air to the use of pesticides – much of the country’s environmental protection rules are bound up with our membership of the EU. But what happens next? Today leading environmental campaign groups came together in a new coalition Greener UK – declaring Brexit could provide an opportunity to make Britain a world leader on green…

  • Published on 1 Dec 2016 Sections

    Air quality alerts have been issued at bus stops, Tube stations and roadsides across London because of high pollution. The move comes as a new report calls for changes to motoring rules and infrastructure to help reduce vehicle emissions and improve health. But critics say the problem is not how we drive, but what we…

  • Published on 29 Nov 2016 Sections

    With temperatures tonight falling as low as minus nine, campaigners are warning that four million households in Britain are still struggling to afford heating, causing illness, anxiety and affecting their chances throughout life.

  • Published on 27 Nov 2016

    A major trial has shown no evidence that a new Alzheimer’s drug has succeeded in slowing memory loss.

  • Published on 14 Nov 2016 Sections , ,

    2016 is set to become the warmest year on record. Global temperatures so far are 1.2 degrees above pre-industrial levels.The data has been released as climate scientists meet in Morocco to push ahead with the detail of the historic Paris climate agreement.

  • Published on 13 Nov 2016 Sections , ,

    The election of Mr Trump has left many environmental campaigners fearful for the future. He’s called global warming a hoax and said he’d cancel the historic Paris Climate Agreement within 100 days of taking office.

  • Published on 12 Nov 2016 Sections

    If you head straight to your doctor when you get a sore throat, you are not alone.  Last year, one point two million people did the same. But that puts extra pressure on surgeries and usually results in patients receiving antibiotics – even when those drugs won’t make any difference.

  • Published on 7 Nov 2016 Sections ,

    Arctic Circle: explore in 360

    On average, the world is now about one degree warmer than it was in pre-industrial times. But the Arctic has warmed twice as fast.

  • Published on 20 Jan 2016 Sections

    Could our solar system have nine planets after all?

    Researchers in California have announced there may be a giant ninth planet at the very outer edge of our Solar System.

  • Published on 11 Jan 2016 Sections , ,

    David Bowie: Space Oddity with geek appeal

    David Bowie appealed to a lot of people with a lot of peculiar leanings. And for those of us with a sciencey, spacey, creepy-crawly leaning, the connection was a powerful one.

  • Published on 9 Sep 2015 Sections ,

    Alzheimer’s disease: can you really catch it?

    Evidence emerged today that Alzheimer’s disease might have the potential to spread from one person to the next. Should we be terrified? In short: No.

  • Published on 21 Aug 2015 Sections

    Dementia in decline, latest research suggests

    It’s the best news in dementia research for years. So why is no one celebrating?

  • Published on 20 Aug 2015 Sections

    London gets the seal of approval from some well-loved mammals

    As the Thames river gets cleaner, London residents are getting ever more chances to spot animals such as seals and porpoises.

  • Published on 15 Jul 2015 Sections , ,

    Almost 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which turned the area around the plant into a no-go zone, scientists are involved in a unique experiment in how nature copes with radiation.