Tom Bawden

Tom Bawden is Energy and Resources Correspondent for The Independent and Evening Standard.

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A woman having her eyes examined at the City Hospital in Belfast

Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s in the retina and lens of the eye

Researchers are hopeful that two eye tests can accurately spot ‘biomarkers’ of the disease

Westmill Wind Farm near Swindon powers 2,500 homes

Britain 'faces blackouts' unless green balance improves, leading engineer warns

Fears the UK's ageing fleet of gas-powered plants will not be able to cope when wind levels are low
Water surrounds flooded properties in the village of Moorland on the Somerset Levels, earlier this year

Millions are unaware of flood risk to their homes, report says

55 per cent of the 4 million households living in England’s flood plains are unaware they are at risk of flooding

Homes in Pacifica, California, slide into the ocean during the 1997-98 El Nino event which caused extreme weather worldwide

El Nino: What does this wild weather phenomenon mean for the UK?

After steadily mounting speculation in recent weeks, the Met Office has confirmed that the world is almost certainly going to be struck by an El Nino event this year for the first time since 2009/10  – and probably by the end of the summer. The Independent looks at what this means for people around the world.

The regeneration of reef-grazing animal populations can save reefs, says the report

Caribbean coral reefs are declining at 'an alarming' rate

Climate change is the main cause of coral decline

Rice fields in Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia. El Nino looms on the horizon which could lead into drought and lack of rainfall for the region

El Nino weather phenomenon will strike this year, Met Office warns

The world is almost certain to be struck by the “El Nino” phenomenon this year, with the potential to induce “major climactic impacts” around the world, the Met Office has warned.

England’s upland peatlands are so badly neglected that just 4 per cent are in good ecological condition, a coalition of water companies and wildlife groups have warned

Wildlife groups warn of threat to British peatlands that give clean water and store CO2

England’s upland peatlands are so badly neglected that just 4 per cent are in good ecological condition, a coalition of water companies and wildlife groups warns today.

All of the 45 known emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica will be affected by melting sea ice

Half of emperor penguins could be 'wiped out by end of the century' due to melting sea ice

Two-thirds of Antarctica's known colonies of the penguins are likely to see their populations decline by more than half, a new report warns

The Government may have promised green electricity investors higher subsidies than were necessary to persuade them to build new power stations.

Government blamed for generous green energy subsidies which leave consumers footing the bill

Households could be forced to pay unnecessarily high energy bills after the Government’s spending watchdog warned it may have promised green electricity investors higher subsidies than were necessary to persuade them to build new power stations.

The amount of electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro has soared by 43 per cent in the past year

UK switches on to green power

Renewables now supply one fifth of energy – up 43 per cent in a single year

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Super Mario crushes the Messi dream as Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Super Mario crushes the Messi dream

Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Saharan remains may be evidence of the first race war, 13,000 years ago

The first race war, 13,000 years ago?

Saharan remains may be evidence of oldest large-scale armed conflict
Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Researchers hope eye tests can spot ‘biomarkers’ of the disease
Sex, controversy and schoolgirl schtick

Meet Japan's AKB48

Pop, sex and schoolgirl schtick make for controversial success
In pictures: Breathtaking results of this weekend's 'supermoon'

Weekend's 'supermoon' in pictures

The moon appeared bigger and brighter at the weekend
Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor