Tom Bawden

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

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Pigeons have been found with traces of cocaine and painkillers in their system

Silence to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of last ever passenger pigeon

Conservationists will fall silent at noon today to mark the hundredth anniversary of the death of Martha, the last ever passenger pigeon – just as a new project is set up to bring the species back from the dead.

The giant panda who faked a pregnancy to get more food

Faking it: how animals trick their way to a better life

From pandas pretending to be pregnant to birds that steal food, animals are sometimes just as deceptive than humans

Fungi pose the biggest threat globally and in the UK, where they threaten the country’s wheat and potato harvests

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Report warns that if they continue to spread at their current rate, the world’s biggest food-producing countries will be 'saturated'

The Robird is the creation of 27-year-old Nico Nijenhuis

Scientists make robotic drones that look like birds of prey

Hi-tech invention designed to scare real birds away from farms and airports

Quagga mussel shells are expected to arrive in the next few years

Menacing mussels top danger list of invasive species

Racoons, ibises and Asian hornets among threats to UK environment

Seized ivory tusks in Hong Kong

Beat the illegal ivory trade by targeting the shipments, report claims

The best hope of winning the war against ivory poaching is to target the mega-consignments of elephant tusks as they are smuggled out of Africa, according to a new report which finds that most ivory is shipped out of the continent in as few as 100 giant hauls a year.

Could a robot sheepdog find itself working at Skipton Auction Mart?

Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

It may sound like a scene from a 1970s sci-fi movie, but in the not-too-distant future, robots could be leading crowds out of burning buildings guided by a shepherding device.

A small portion of the Yellowstone buffalo herd graze in Yellowstone National Park

Pulitzer-winning scientist warns wildlife face a 'biological holocaust'

A leading biologist has called for a radical conservation strategy in an attempt to prevent the 'mass extinction' of species

EDF to pay £3m for mishandling complaints from vulnerable customers

EDF Energy failed to put in place appropriate procedures to properly receive, record and process all customers’ complaints

There are 462 more species of bird in the world than previously thought

Earth houses 462 more species of bird than previously thought

There are 462 more species of bird in the world than previously thought after the most comprehensive avian analysis ever undertaken identified 46 new species of parrot, 26 extra owls and a host of other new entrants to the record books.

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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
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?
Why do we like making lists?

Notes to self: Why do we like making lists?

Well it was good enough for Ancient Egyptians and Picasso...
Hong Kong protests: A good time to open a new restaurant?

A good time to open a new restaurant in Hong Kong?

As pro-democracy demonstrators hold firm, chef Rowley Leigh, who's in the city to open a new restaurant, says you couldn't hope to meet a nicer bunch
Paris Fashion Week: Karl Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'

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Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'
Bruce Chatwin's Wales: One of the finest one-day walks in Britain

Simon Calder discovers Bruce Chatwin's Wales

One of the finest one-day walks you could hope for - in Britain
10 best children's nightwear

10 best children's nightwear

Make sure the kids stay cosy on cooler autumn nights in this selection of pjs, onesies and nighties
Manchester City vs Roma: Five things we learnt from City’s draw at the Etihad

Manchester City vs Roma

Five things we learnt from City’s Champions League draw at the Etihad
Martin Hardy: Mike Ashley must act now and end the Alan Pardew reign

Trouble on the Tyne

Ashley must act now and end Pardew's reign at Newcastle, says Martin Hardy
Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?