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 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.…

  • Published on 22 Sep 2017 Sections

    At least 15 people were killed, and 20 have been reported missing, on Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s pass across that Caribbean island. In Puerto Rico, struck by Maria on Wednesday, 13 people died and the island faces months without mains electricity.  

  • Published on 21 Sep 2017 Sections

    A virtual flood has come to a valley in Derbyshire. As part of an arts festival in the Peak District, Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde has filled the landscape with LED light to reveal its geological and glacial history.

  • Published on 20 Sep 2017 Sections

    Scientists have used pioneering gene editing techniques to begin to understand the very earliest stages in the development of a human embryo. The research, being published today in the journal Nature, could in future help improve IVF treatment and even pave the way for the creation of stem cells to cure disease.

  • 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.