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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 17 Dec 2017

    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…

  • 16 Dec 2017

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 3 Dec 2017

    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…

  • 2 Dec 2017

    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…

  • 27 Nov 2017

    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…

  • 26 Nov 2017

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

  • 12 Nov 2017

    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.

  • 11 Nov 2017

    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…

  • 7 Nov 2017

    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.  

  • 26 Oct 2017

    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…

  • 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…