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 18 Jan 2017 Sections ,

    2016 has just been officially declared the warmest year on record and environmentalists around the world are in collective dismay about Donald Trump and the return of climate denial to American politics.

  • Published on 12 Jan 2017 Sections , ,

    Now back to the man dominating tonight’s news Donald Trump. A man who’s certainly made no secret about his attitude towards global warming.

  • Published on 6 Jan 2017 Sections

    A huge ice shelf attached to Antarctica, known as Larsen C, may be about to break away.

  • Published on 5 Jan 2017 Sections ,

    Donald Trump hasn’t just dismissed the evidence about Russian hacking he’s also famously sceptical about climate change. There’s been more worrying research today showing there has been no slowdown in the rate of global warming over the last 15 years.

  • Published on 23 Dec 2016

    By the time it was over, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa had killed more than 11,000 people, many of them children and pregnant women. But results published today from a clinical trial in Guinea show a vaccine against Ebola was 100 per cent effective at preventing the virus from spreading from person to person.

  • Published on 20 Dec 2016 Sections ,

    Fracking for shale gas can now go ahead in North Yorkshire, after environmental campaigners lost a legal challenge, arguing that the council had failed to take the impact of climate change into account.

  • 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.