Tom Bawden

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

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Sir David Attenborough

Following a plant and a spider, Sir David Attenborough now has a beetle named after him

Trigonopterus attenboroughi discovered in the Indonesian islands of Java, Bali and Lombok

Sandra the orangutan, covered with a blanket, inside her cafe at Buenos Aires' Zoo on December 8, 2010

Orangutan inside Argentina zoo granted 'non-human person rights' in landmark ruling

Experts said the verdict could open the floodgates to thousands of similar cases

Langdon Meadows, Essex. Bumblebees, butterflies, orchids,
bats and songbirds share these pastures. Plans for a 725-home development on the site near Basildon have been approved

Local wildlife sites not protected by statute are being ruined by development, warns report

A tenth of 'secret spaces' have been lost or damaged in the past five years

Prince Charles in Poundbury, his experimental new town in Dorset which has been dismissed as a ‘retro-kitsch fantasia’

Prince Charles discovers 10 ways to antagonise architects with list of 'geometric principles'

The Prince is urging town planners to take more inspiration from 'nature’s order' by burying wires and removing street signs

Subsidies go to polluting plants to provide back-up for clean power

The subsidies are designed to keep the lights on when the wind stops blowing

Philip Dilley, the Environment Agency’s new chairman

New Environment Agency head Sir Philip Dilley won’t mind getting his feet wet

Lord Smith’s successor tells Tom Bawden he’s ready for the floods

Could flooding in this country be linked to deforestation?

Deforestation in the Amazon will cause precipitation in Britain

"Trees are not only the ‘lungs’ of the world, but its ‘sweat glands’, too"

Arctic ground squirrels are speeding up methane release

Arctic squirrels blamed for climate change damage

Rodents have been accused of everything from the Black Death to electrical fires over the centuries – now climate change can be added to the long list of mishaps for which they are to blame.

Small but perfectly formed is nuclear answer

As well as generating green electricity the reactors could be used for heat production

A cow’s motherly moos vary from low to high frequency depending on whether her calf is in sight or not, according to new research

Researchers have deciphered the noises that cows make

Scientists from Nottingham University and Queen Mary University spent ten months digitally recording the cow sounds

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all