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 19 Sep 2017

    First Harvey, then Irma and Jose. Now it’s Maria’s turn. This year’s hurricanes are moving ferociously down the alphabet. And we are only half way through the hurricane season, the worst since 2005 . So is this cyclical or does climate change play a role in the severity of the storms?

  • Published on 16 Sep 2017 Sections ,

    Armed police have raided a house in Sunbury-on-Thames – while detectives are scouring CCTV to “chase down” suspects – after a teenager was arrested earlier today in connection with the Parsons Green tube bombing.

  • Published on 8 Sep 2017 Sections , ,

    Renewable energy is having a moment: next week, the result of competitive auctions for contracts to provide clean electricity for the UK will be revealed, and they’re likely to show that the cost of offshore wind power is now cheaper than ever before. The new generation of wind farms will be able to produce more…

  • Published on 1 Sep 2017 Sections , ,

    New cars are facing tougher emissions tests from today. The “real-world” requirement is designed to stop manufacturers from cheating results after the Volkswagen Group fitted software to diesel models which manipulated emissions readings in America.

  • Published on 30 Aug 2017 Sections ,

    Heavy monsoon rains have deluged India, Bangladesh and Nepal in the region’s worst flooding in years. More than a thousand people have died and millions are homeless.

  • Published on 29 Aug 2017 Sections ,

    Just days before this massive storm slammed into Texas, President Trump scrapped a raft of federal flood protection standards which Barack Obama had introduced: measures which would legally have to take into account the impact of climate change.

  • Published on 21 Aug 2017 Sections

    Tom Clarke is in South Carolina for the totality of the solar eclipse.

  • Published on 21 Aug 2017 Sections

    NASA engineer, Deborah Amato, discusses the solar eclipse.

  • Published on 21 Aug 2017 Sections

    The sunshine is falling dark across America today, obscured by the moon, which will blot out the light for up to two-and-a-half minutes. Millions of people are watching the total eclipse sweep across the United States, with huge crowds descending on the towns thought to offer the best view.

  • Published on 18 Aug 2017

    Pizzas, ready meals, burgers and sandwiches – we’re consuming too many calories, say health officials, and they want supermarkets, takeaways and restaurants to cut back. Public Health England will set new targets within the next year, as part of efforts to tackle child obesity. The guidelines will, however, be voluntary, unless the industry fails to respond.

  • Published on 15 Aug 2017

    The terms of reference for the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire have been revealed,with a wider scope, including the actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council before and after the tragedy. The inquiry, led by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, won’t go into broader issues like attitudes towards social housing, although the Prime Miister Theresa May said she was determined those…

  • Published on 28 Jul 2017 Sections

    82 high-rise buildings have failed a new fire safety test, in the wake of the Grenfell disaster, which for the first time investigated the combination of cladding and foam insulation. The government said it was now launching an independent review into building regulations and fire safety to help make any necessary improvements as quickly as possible.…

  • 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?