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 12 Dec 2017

    It’s exactly two years to the day since the nations of the world signed the Paris climate accord to limit man-made temperature rises to two degrees celsius. It’s an agreement Donald Trump has said the USA would now duck out of. So step forward Emmanuel Macron. France’s President has looked beyond politics to host a…

  • Published on 11 Dec 2017

    There’s been a breakthough in the battle against the neurological condition Huntington’s disease. Scientists at University College London used an experimental drug to safely lower levels of the toxic protein which causes the disease.

  • Published on 3 Dec 2017 Sections

    She was one of America’s first women ‘aquanauts’, setting a deep sea diving record in 1979. At 82, Sylvia Earle remains a passionate deep ocean explorer and campaigner for the seas. She says she still dives at least once a month otherwise she gets “dry rot.” She has just given the Natural History Museum Annual…

  • Published on 2 Dec 2017 Sections ,

    Progress in the fight against Malaria has stalled, the World Health Organisation warned this week. Funding has levelled off and after years of progress, countries where malaria is endemic have become complacent. The W.H.O’s annual Malaria Report finds five million more people died of the disease in 2016 than in the previous year. Many scientists…

  • Published on 27 Nov 2017 Sections

    A hundred thousand people living around the Mount Agung volcano on Bali have been told to evacuate their homes – as experts warned that a large eruption could be imminent. The mountain has been spewing large clouds of volcanic ash thousands of feet into the sky for several days – but Indonesian authorities have now…

  • Published on 26 Nov 2017 Sections

    Wildlife charities say crimes against animals are not being properly recorded and the perpetrators are going unpunished.

  • Published on 12 Nov 2017 Sections , , ,

    Earlier this week the regime in Tehran seized on comments by the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, to justify the imprisonment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Now, Mr Gove may have made matters worse by saying he “didn’t know” why British mother had visited the country.

  • Published on 11 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    Earlier this week President Trump and XiJin Ping of China engaged in mutual admiration. Today it was Vladimir Putin’s turn in the margins of the APEC summit in Vietnam. Firstly they decided to work together to defeat ISIS. Secondly President Trump told reporters that Mr. Putin wasn’t just hurt by suggestions that he had medelled…

  • Published on 7 Nov 2017 Sections

    It’s been billed as “his most dangerous swim” yet. Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh, who holds the title, UN Patron of the Oceans, has today been braving the zero-degree South Atlantic tides, the threat of killer whales and elephant seals, and all in just his trunks, as part of acampaign to protect biodiversity.  

  • Published on 26 Oct 2017 Sections

    The latest British attempt to tackle the world land speed record has undergone its first public tests. The ‘Bloodhound Supersonic Car’, which is fitted with a Eurofighter jet engine has been in development for nine years. The team behind it achieved 200 miles an hour in just nine seconds. That need for speed is just…

  • Published on 23 Oct 2017

    A new charge on some of the most polluting vehicles has come into effect in central London. It’s called the T-Charge, or “toxicity charge”, and affects most diesel and petrol cars registered before 2006. Drivers of these cars will now face an additional £10 charge when entering the central London congestion zone, but some motoring groups have said it…

  • Published on 19 Oct 2017 Sections

    If you are looking for signs of life elsewhere in the solar system you might not expect to start in North Yorkshire. But that is where the world’s experts on extraterrestrial life – the astrobiologists – have been gathering. Or at least they have been meeting deep under the North York Moors in a laboratory…

  • Published on 16 Oct 2017

    The sky might have turned a weird shade of sepia across much of the UK today, but the universe has shaken for reasons far more profound. Scientists have discovered that a cataclysmic collision between two neuron stars long, long ago created debris which we now know as gold. The announcement, which comes with the rather…

  • Published on 12 Oct 2017

    The government has unveiled its strategy for clean growth, with the aim of bringing greater energy efficiency to businesses and homes. But can it reduce our national carbon footprint enough to meet our climate change obligations by encouragement alone?

  • Published on 26 Sep 2017

    Now to some good news about green energy. The National Grid has announced that electricity powering UK homes and businesses across the summer was the greenest on record, with solar, wind and nuclear power creating more energy than fossil fuels. But there have long been complaints that renewable energy only works with massive public subsidies.…