Tom Bawden

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

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The resistant tree bumblebee

Invasion of tough European bumblebees could wipe out their weaker British cousins, scientists warn

A species of bee from Europe that has stronger resistance to parasite infections than native bumblebees has spread across the UK, raising fears that it could wipe out large numbers of the country’s beleagured population of domestic species.

Drilling equipment at the Cuadrilla exploration drilling site in Balcombe

No gas found in the Weald basin: Does this spell the end of the Government’s dream of a fracking revolution?

The survey casts doubt on exactly how much shale oil and gas the UK can produce - if any

The sheer number of water butts spread across the UK creates a network of easily accessible prime mosquito larvae habitat

Britain faces malaria risk as climate change sees mosquitoes thriving in garden water butts

Britain faces an increased threat from “tropical” diseases like malaria and West Nile virus – because of the increasing popularity of garden water butts.

Water surrounds flooded propeties in the village of Moorland on the Somerset Levels near Bridgwater

Tories’ scepticism about climate change melts after winter floods – in their constituencies

John Gummer tells Tom Bawden a thawing in attitudes is down to recent bad weather and a tide of scientific evidence

A Boeing 737 is given a test flight at Lydd airport in Kent

Hotly contested Lydd airport expansion given go-ahead by court

Despite strong opposition to the plans, the legal challenge was dismissed

Throwing snails a few metres from the garden perimeter doesn’t work

Government announces eight huge new renewable energy projects

The Energy Secretary Ed Davey has stepped up his battle against climate change after announcing plans for eight giant renewable power projects that will deliver enough green electricity for three million homes.

Drax tumbles over Government U-turn on subsidy terms

Shares in Drax fell 10 per cent after the Government said a new subsidy scheme would only apply to limited part of its plan to convert much of its giant coal-fired plant into biomass burners.

Ickworth in Suffolk is one of the National Trust properties which is to generate its own power

New era as National Trust opens its first hydro power plant in Snowdonia

The National Trust will kick off a new era today by switching on the first of 44 large-scale renewable power plants that will transform the charity into a major energy supplier within five years.

Garden centres have been busy this Easter with the warm weather promising a better gardening year

Good news for Britain's gardeners – spring has sprung early

Spring blooms have arrived ahead of schedule – welcome news for people who used the bank-holiday weekend to get out in their backyards after two of the worst years for gardens on record.

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Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
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Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

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Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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