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 26 Jul 2017

    Twenty three years from now, new diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK. But while the implications of the government’s long term “clean air strategy” are big on ambition, it is, say critics, short on detail. There won’t, for example, be a diesel vehicle scrappage scheme, and local councils won’t…

  • Published on 20 Jul 2017

    It’s one of the biggest manufacturers of insulation and cladding in Britain – and its products were used on Grenfell Tower. This programme can reveal that a company in the Kingspan group is now playing a key role in the independent government tests ordered in the wake of the fire. Kingspan says it’s just trying…

  • Published on 13 Jul 2017 Sections

    This week Channel 4 News has exclusively revealed details of combustible materials that were used in the cladding at Grenfell Tower when it was renovated last year. Now a new question: Did the refurbishment create air spaces between the new windows and the building’s original walls that increased the fire’s ability to spread rapidly?

  • Published on 12 Jul 2017

    One of the biggest icebergs ever recorded has finally broken away from Antarctica, after “hanging by a thread” for the last month. The trillion-tonne berg, a quarter of the size of Wales, is now floating free.

  • Published on 10 Jul 2017 Sections

    The Grenfell Tower fire triggered the largest review of building safety in the UK since the Second World War, and in particular the cladding systems put on many of the country’s tower blocks. Two major insulation components have been identified as part of the investigation into how the fire spread. Tonight this programme can reveal…

  • Published on 6 Jul 2017 Sections

    President Emmanuel Macron’s government said poorer families would receive subsidies to help them switch to electric vehicles. The move follows Volvo’s announcement yesterday that all its new models will be electric or hybrid after 2019.

  • Published on 30 Jun 2017

    If you thought Volkswagen had fixed its toxic emissions scandal, it seems their solution may not be the end of the matter.The software fix, which many customers mistakenly assumed would reduce the amount of harmful pollutants their cars produced, has been carried out on more than half a million VW vehicles in the UK. Now…

  • Published on 28 Jun 2017 Sections ,

    Theresa May has said that cladding from 120 high-rise buildings across England has failed fire safety tests carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. But is the Government’s investigation overlooking another potentially crucial issue – insulation? The Kingspan Group’s statement to Channel 4 News is published in full below. Kingspan shares the…

  • Published on 27 Jun 2017

    The funerals have taken place of three victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. All three were members of the same family. The Prime Minister meanwhile has called for an urgent review of safety in tower blocks across the country as high-rises with cladding continue to fail fire safety checks.

  • Published on 26 Jun 2017 Sections

    The fallout from the Grenfell Tower fire has continued, with the number of high-rise blocks failing fire safety checks rising to 75. Every single residential block that has now been tested has failed safety tests. It has also emerged that in Camden, where four blocks were evacuated, more than 1,000 fire doors were missing. And…

  • Published on 23 Jun 2017 Sections

    According to latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government, cladding in 14 high rises has failed a combustibility test. The towers are in nine local authority areas, including Camden, Manchester, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Hounslow.  The locations of the other four have not yet been made public.

  • Published on 22 Jun 2017 Sections ,

    Seven high rise blocks in four English regions which have been tested so far have combustible outer cladding – just like that on Grenfell Tower, according to Number 10.

  • Published on 19 Jun 2017 Sections

    Our Science Editor, Tom Clarke, has more on the Grenfell Tower fire.

  • Published on 18 Jun 2017

    When Theresa May entered Downing Street just ten days ago – she already faced some of the toughest challenges of any post war prime minister. Brexit, managing a deeply divided party and mending a still struggling economy were difficult enough – but the Grenfell Tower Fire has arguably been her biggest test.

  • Published on 17 Jun 2017

    Theresa May acknowledged today that people living in high rise blocks like Grenfell Tower ARE worried about safety. In particular there has been mounting concern about whether flammable plastics have been used in buildings wrapped in similar facades. We’ve spoken to one resident, whose block was refurbished in 2015 by the same contractors as Grenfell…