Tom Bawden

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

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A pack of seagulls squabble over discarded food left on the beach at St Ives on July 28, 2015

Number of urban seagulls in Britain nearly quadruples: Hide food and avoid chicks to stay in gulls’ good books

If you do find yourself under attack, there is not a huge amount you can do beyond ducking and shielding your head

A pack of seagulls squabble over discarded food left on the beach at St Ives on July 28, 2015

Number of urban seagulls in Britain nearly quadrupled in last 15 years, says research

Research shows that the number of urban gull colonies in the UK and Ireland has doubled from 239 in 2000 to 473 now

Dairy farmers face a serious threat to their future because of economic pressures

UK’s most militant farmer says he 'will picket stores and tell customers truth about milk prices'

Protester claims that supermarkets’ squeeze on dairy producers is going to put them out of business

Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Ants are able to transport objects such as food that are much larger than themselves by intuitively understanding when to be part of the collective muscle

Walter Palmer (right) pictured with one of his prey. Studies suggest the appeal of hunting also lies in male bonding

Cecil the lion death: White men go to Africa to prove their manhood – but at a cost

'It’s like a bar mitzvah - when you go deer hunting, they start to look at you as a man and you feel like a man'

BP warns oil prices will be lower for longer as its profits plunge tumble

Lifting of sanctions on Iran and slower Chinese growth add to pressure

Christiana Figueres is increasingly confident that difficulties in tackling climate change will be overcome

The 'stars are aligning' ahead of 'most important environmental summit in history', says UN climate change chief

Exclusive: Christiana Figueres confident meeting will hit its ambitious target

An anti-fracking protest in Preston earlier this year

People who live near fracking sites suffer higher rates of heart conditions and neurological illnesses, says research

Although the US study was unable to determine a specific reason, it suggests there may be a link between drilling and ill health, scientists said

While Iran still has vast reserves, some fields will need Western technology to fully exploit resources

Iran nuclear deal: Oil majors have already started the scramble to tap the country's rich resources

With prices falling and equipment issues raised, post-sanctions investment might be risky. But it may prove irresistible...

Wallasea Island has been transformed from farmland into a thriving wetland twice the size of the City of London

Europe's largest man-made coastal reserve created off Essex as seawall is breached

Construction began when the wall that has protected Wallasea Island for hundreds of years was punctured

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Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
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The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
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Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

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