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.

  • 22 Feb 2018

    It appears that the drugs DO work. Scientists say that they have resolved one of the most hotly debated topics in medicine – whether anti-depressants are effective in treating depression. A huge study carried out over six years has found  that all 21 common anti-depressants are more effective than dummy pills. Doctors hope it will…

  • 7 Feb 2018

    Ten thousand years ago, Britons would have been black, according to groundbreaking genome analysis. A team from London’s Natural History Museum carried out DNA tests on the Stone Age Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest near-complete human skeleton. Scientists then used the data to complete a facial reconstruction – with surprising, for some, results.

  • 5 Feb 2018

    One of the leading investigators into the global trade in illegal ivory and rhino horn has been killed at his home in Kenya. Seventy-five–year-old Esmond Bradley Martin, a former UN special envoy for rhino conservation, was credited with exposing the true scale of trade in endangered wildlife for medicines and trinkets.

  • 4 Feb 2018

    What would happen if the water simply ran out? That’s the nightmarish reality facing four million people in Capetown, which may soon be forced to turn off its taps after drought and population growth brought reservoir levels dangerously low. Officials say supplies could dry up by mid April.

  • 3 Feb 2018

    New figures show the mortality rate has fallen by 10% between 2010 and 2015. The high profile breast cancer campaign has meant more women are able to recognise the symptoms and get an early diagnosis. But some other cancers have seen no such improvement.

  • 30 Jan 2018

    Car manufacturing giant Volkswagen has suspended its head of external relations after he admitted he had known about emissions tests on monkeys. Thomas Steg was suspended after details emerged of the tests where primates were exposed to fumes from a VW Beetle. The revelations follow a scandal in 2015 where VW was found to have…

  • 18 Jan 2018

    New research suggests that more than 80,000 cases of cancer could be prevented if ALL woman over the age of 30 were offered screening for gene mutations. Woman carrying the ‘Braca’ gene are much more likely to develop breast or ovarian cancer. Researchers in London have found that screening the entire population for the gene…

  • 16 Jan 2018

    We throw away mountains of plastic. More than three and a half million tonnes of it, chucked out by Britons every year, clogging up landfill and polluting the seas. Now one supermarket chain, Iceland, has promised to turn all its own brand goods plastic-free by 2023. And Europe wants to make all plastic packaging recyclable…

  • 11 Jan 2018

    Theresa May has promised to tackle what she describes as a “scourge” of plastic waste. The Prime Minister visited a bird sanctuary as she outlined her 25-year plan for the environment. Critics say her plans need to be backed with legislation and take too long to do anything. But does her wider environment plan really…

  • 4 Jan 2018

    Environmentally friendly farming will be the watchword once Brexit has happened. That was the message from Environment Secretary Michael Gove today as he set out plans to pay farmers for their stewardship of the countryside rather than how many acres they have. Mr Gove did admit, however, the current EU system of subsidy many farmers…

  • 3 Jan 2018

    Storm Eleanor has swept across the country, bringing winds of up to 100 miles per hour and leaving thousands of homes in the UK and Ireland without power. Flooding, high tides and fallen trees have disrupted rail and road travel. Cumbria bore the brunt of some of the fiercest weather.

  • 2 Jan 2018

    Staff at Woburn Safari Park say they’re devastated after its entire troop of 13 Patas monkeys died in a fire which broke out in their enclosure – just days after several animals were killed in a blaze at London zoo. Officials said although staff and firefighters rushed to the scene in the early hours of…

  • 22 Dec 2017

    For people who are homeless or sleeping rough, looking after their health is often the last priority. Without a permanent address, it’s hard to get a GP and many find it a struggle to access other forms of care. It’s why diseases like TB are on the rise. But charities are offering frontline healthcare to…

  • 19 Dec 2017

    If you’ve been doing your festive food shopping this week, you might well wonder how Brexit is set to change your bills and your food quality. Without any official impact assessments, the studies that do exist are a mixed bag for farmers, consumers and animals. Is Brexit the ghost at your Christmas feast, or a…

  • 17 Dec 2017

    In the heart of the Nevada desert, Area 51 has become the holy grail of conspiracy theorists – home, they say, to a top secret US military base for the study of extra-terrestrials. But now it has emerged that the theorists might not have been that far off. It has been reported that the Pentagon…