Tom Bawden

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

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The EU set itself a goal to cut emissions by 80-95 per cent between 1990 and 2050

New EU carbon target is bold but ‘not enough’

Climate scientists believe deal is lacking

Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham is part of a campaign group that has criticised the RSPB

The 'vampire squid': RSPB attacked by other conservationists for 'misusing funds'

RSPB claims campaigners are just angry at its stance on shooting

The government have been criticised for allowing “old, dirty coal stations” to qualify for subsidies

Government ‘allowing coal industry to get green subsidies’

The boss of Centrica says there is an ‘inherent paradox here’

Freshly caught swordfish lined up for sale inside Mogadishu's fish market

Small ocean fish are thriving while humans eat up all their predators

Major study shows impact of overfishing on sensitive marine ecosystems

Liz Truss at the Somerset Levels earlier this year

Dredging can make flooding worse, say activists

Dredging is “pointless” and largely ineffective, according to a coalition of environmental groups who are calling on the Government to scale down its preferred method of flood prevention.

An artist’s impression of TuNur solar farm in the Sahara desert

Saharan sun could provide energy for UK homes in £8bn plan to build 100 sq km solar farm - and a very long power cable

Proposed TuNur farm would host thousands of computer-controlled mirrors that track the sun and reflect the light back towards a central tower

Extensive damage to the Didcot B power station that was ablaze on Sunday night

Didcot power station fire: Electricity supplies now at a ‘one in three’ chance of falling short

British electricity supplies are now so stretched there is a one in three chance they will have to be limited this winter, the UK’s leading energy analyst has warned.

The attempt to force Britain’s Big Five banks into ending their £66bn involvement with 'dirty' energy marks a new direction for the growing divestment campaign, as part of which this month the University of Glasgow pledged to stop investing in fossil fuels

Divestment campaign urges customers to boycott banks which support fracking and fossil-fuel industry

Customers concerned about global warming are being urged to write to the banks threatening to withdraw their money

The Environment Secretary Liz Truss wants to see crops, not solar panels, in British fields

Environment Secretary Liz Truss under fire over plan to scrap solar farm subsidies

Government plan hopes to ensure that more agricultural land is dedicated to crops and food

BP calls for retrial over Deepwater Horizon disaster penalties

The oil giant had put aside more than $42 billion in provisions for spill

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker