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 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…

  • Published on 11 Jan 2018 Sections

    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…

  • Published on 4 Jan 2018 Sections ,

    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…

  • Published on 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.

  • Published on 2 Jan 2018 Sections

    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…

  • Published on 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…

  • Published on 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…

  • Published on 17 Dec 2017 Sections , ,

    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…

  • Published on 16 Dec 2017 Sections , , , ,

    He was the man who brought us the Brexit referendum – but since his hurried departure from Downing Street in the wake of the result, David Cameron has kept a low profile. Eighteen months on, the former Prime Minister has re-emerged. He will now take control of a £750 million fund to improve ports, roads…

  • 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.