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 30 Jun 2017

    If you thought Volkswagen had fixed its toxic emissions scandal, it seems their solution may not be the end of the matter.The software fix, which many customers mistakenly assumed would reduce the amount of harmful pollutants their cars produced, has been carried out on more than half a million VW vehicles in the UK. Now…

  • Published on 28 Jun 2017 Sections ,

    Theresa May has said that cladding from 120 high-rise buildings across England has failed fire safety tests carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. But is the Government’s investigation overlooking another potentially crucial issue – insulation? The Kingspan Group’s statement to Channel 4 News is published in full below. Kingspan shares the…

  • Published on 27 Jun 2017

    The funerals have taken place of three victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. All three were members of the same family. The Prime Minister meanwhile has called for an urgent review of safety in tower blocks across the country as high-rises with cladding continue to fail fire safety checks.

  • Published on 26 Jun 2017 Sections

    The fallout from the Grenfell Tower fire has continued, with the number of high-rise blocks failing fire safety checks rising to 75. Every single residential block that has now been tested has failed safety tests. It has also emerged that in Camden, where four blocks were evacuated, more than 1,000 fire doors were missing. And…

  • Published on 23 Jun 2017 Sections

    According to latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government, cladding in 14 high rises has failed a combustibility test. The towers are in nine local authority areas, including Camden, Manchester, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Hounslow.  The locations of the other four have not yet been made public.

  • Published on 22 Jun 2017 Sections ,

    Seven high rise blocks in four English regions which have been tested so far have combustible outer cladding – just like that on Grenfell Tower, according to Number 10.

  • Published on 19 Jun 2017 Sections

    Our Science Editor, Tom Clarke, has more on the Grenfell Tower fire.

  • Published on 18 Jun 2017

    When Theresa May entered Downing Street just ten days ago – she already faced some of the toughest challenges of any post war prime minister. Brexit, managing a deeply divided party and mending a still struggling economy were difficult enough – but the Grenfell Tower Fire has arguably been her biggest test.

  • Published on 17 Jun 2017

    Theresa May acknowledged today that people living in high rise blocks like Grenfell Tower ARE worried about safety. In particular there has been mounting concern about whether flammable plastics have been used in buildings wrapped in similar facades. We’ve spoken to one resident, whose block was refurbished in 2015 by the same contractors as Grenfell…

  • Published on 14 Jun 2017 Sections

    Both MPs and residents have raised concerns about fire safety at tower blocks in the area over recent years. So just what are the possible issues surrounding last night’s blaze? Our Science Editor, Tom Clarke, has been looking into what we know.

  • Published on 16 May 2017 Sections ,

    It is one of the world’s remotest places – and one of the world’s biggest dustbins. The tiny Henderson Island in the South Pacific has become inundated with millions of pieces of discarded plastic. Marine scientists say it’s evidence of the “grotesque” extent of pollution.

  • Published on 15 May 2017 Sections

    The company cheated engine emissions tests, but despite the scandal which engulfed the VW group, the boss of its subsidiary, Seat, has told this programme it will be sticking with diesel cars for the foreseeable future.

  • Published on 5 May 2017

    It was a good day to bury the Government’s long awaited plans to clamp down on toxic air pollution, tackling things like old polluting diesel cars and buses. Campaigners called it feeble, toothless and inadequate.    

  • Published on 27 Apr 2017

    The High Court has thrown out a government attempt to delay publication of its plans to tackle illegal air pollution until after the General Election. Campaigners have pressed the government for years to draw up a strategy to improve air quality. Now Mr Justice Garnham has ruled that the draft plan MUST be made public…

  • Published on 26 Apr 2017

    A new study explains for the first time how nanoparticles, like those in diesel exhaust fumes, cause heart disease and strokes by lodging in inflamed blood vessels.