Tom Bawden

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

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Under the current rate of progress, the UK will only reduce its carbon emissions by 21- 23 per cent between 2013 and 2025

Climate Change Committee blames Government over slow rate of progress in reducing UK carbon emissions

The report pointed out that just 170,000 cavity walls were insulated in 2013, down from more than 600,000 in 2012

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.

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Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices