Tom Bawden

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

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Tesco reported a 44 per cent increase in sales of vacuum cleaners in the second half of August

Shoppers rush to buy extra-strength vacuum cleaners before EU ban comes into force

‘Which?’ accused of encouraging the stampede by panicking its readers

Sir Jonathan Porritt is in charge of a key study into deforestation

Leading environmentalist Sir Jonathan Porritt hits out at colleagues' unrealistic aims

One of the country’s leading environmentalists, Sir Jonathan Porritt, has accused fellow conservationists of being blind to other problems in the world and for fighting causes that ultimately stop poor countries from developing.

The South Downs Way is potentially under threat from plans to build a giant electricity pipeline from France to southern England

Exclusive: South Downs and New Forest national parks under threat from Tory donor’s electricity pipeline

Pipeline from France cannot take original route as electricity grid there is operating close to capacity

Pigeons have been found with traces of cocaine and painkillers in their system

Silence to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of last ever passenger pigeon

Conservationists will fall silent at noon today to mark the hundredth anniversary of the death of Martha, the last ever passenger pigeon – just as a new project is set up to bring the species back from the dead.

The giant panda who faked a pregnancy to get more food

Faking it: how animals trick their way to a better life

From pandas pretending to be pregnant to birds that steal food, animals are sometimes just as deceptive than humans

Fungi pose the biggest threat globally and in the UK, where they threaten the country’s wheat and potato harvests

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Report warns that if they continue to spread at their current rate, the world’s biggest food-producing countries will be 'saturated'

The Robird is the creation of 27-year-old Nico Nijenhuis

Scientists make robotic drones that look like birds of prey

Hi-tech invention designed to scare real birds away from farms and airports

Quagga mussel shells are expected to arrive in the next few years

Menacing mussels top danger list of invasive species

Racoons, ibises and Asian hornets among threats to UK environment

Seized ivory tusks in Hong Kong

Beat the illegal ivory trade by targeting the shipments, report claims

The best hope of winning the war against ivory poaching is to target the mega-consignments of elephant tusks as they are smuggled out of Africa, according to a new report which finds that most ivory is shipped out of the continent in as few as 100 giant hauls a year.

Could a robot sheepdog find itself working at Skipton Auction Mart?

Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

It may sound like a scene from a 1970s sci-fi movie, but in the not-too-distant future, robots could be leading crowds out of burning buildings guided by a shepherding device.

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Chief inspector of GPs: ‘Most doctors don’t really know what bad practice can be like for patients’

Steve Field: ‘Most doctors don’t really know what bad practice can be like for patients’

The man charged with inspecting doctors explains why he may not be welcome in every surgery
Stolen youth: Younger blood can reverse many of the effects of ageing

Stolen youth

Younger blood can reverse many of the effects of ageing
Bob Willoughby: Hollywood's first behind the scenes photographer

Bob Willoughby: The reel deal

He was the photographer who brought documentary photojournalism to Hollywood, changing the way film stars would be portrayed for ever
Hollywood heavyweights produce world's most expensive corporate video - for Macau casino

Hollywood heavyweights produce world's most expensive corporate video - for Macau casino

Scorsese in the director's chair with De Niro, DiCaprio and Pitt to star
Angelina Jolie's wedding dress: made by Versace, designed by her children

Made by Versace, designed by her children

Angelina Jolie's wedding dressed revealed
Anyone for pulled chicken?

Pulling chicks

Pulled pork has gone from being a US barbecue secret to a regular on supermarket shelves. Now KFC is trying to tempt us with a chicken version
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9 best steam generator irons

To get through your ironing as swiftly as possible, invest in one of these efficient gadgets
England v Norway: Wayne Rooney admits England must ‘put on a show’ to regain faith

Rooney admits England must ‘put on a show’ to regain faith

New captain vows side will deliver for small Wembley crowd
‘We knew he was something special:’ Radamel Falcao's journey from teenage debutant to Manchester United's star signing

‘We knew he was something special’

Radamel Falcao's journey from teenage debutant to Manchester United's star signing
'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
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Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York