Tom Bawden

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

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The expansion of palm oil plantations in Indonesia has increased greenhouse gas emissions

Carbon dioxide accumulates as seas and forests struggle to absorb

Carbon dioxide is being accumulated in the atmosphere at the fastest rate since records began, as scientists warn that the oceans and forests may have absorbed so much CO2 that their crucial function as “carbon sinks” is now severely threatened.

Plants can deal much better with changes in climate than previously thought

Non-native species found thriving in the USA

Chris Packham describes himself as a ‘pragmatic conservationist’

TV naturalist Chris Packham: 'Let hunters kill deer and mink for a fee'

The self-confessed 'pragmatic conservationist', says he abhors the idea of killing any animal for fun, but insists there is logic in his plan

Spreading their wings: the next generation of young conservationists

Twelve-year-old Findlay Wilde is credited with playing a key role in raising awareness about the endangered hen harrier bird of prey.

BP shares plunge as US judge finds it ‘grossly negligent’ on Gulf of Mexico oil spill

US court's decision could add as much as $15bn to its costs for the disaster

Threat of electricity brown-out grows as nuclear reactors stay offline

British electricity supplies are now so stretched there is a one in 10 chance of a “brown-out” this winter, the UK’s leading energy analyst has warned.

The unit comes in the wake of the horsemeat scandal

New 'food crime unit' to be set up in the wake of horsemeat scandal

Food police will investigate organised criminals' counterfeit food

This image of a Mascarene petrel egg (circled) is thought to be the first taken of a visibly pregnant bird

Scientists take first ever photograph of bird with a visible egg

Image of endangered Mascarene Petrel showed egg because it was 'disproportionately huge'

Sir David Attenborough said that Britain’s dense population meant that people had to make the most of the environment they had

Sir David Attenborough: Pupils ‘impoverished’ by rise in school sizes

Sir David Attenborough has warned that schools are being forced to admit so many pupils that their children’s development is being threatened, raising the prospect of “great impoverishment, physically, intellectually and spiritually”.

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

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Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

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A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Time to stop running: At the start of Yom Kippur and with anti-Semitism flourishing, one Jew can no longer ignore his identity

Time to stop running

At the start of Yom Kippur and with anti-Semitism flourishing, one Jew can no longer ignore his identity
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence