Tom Bawden

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

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Equipment lies next to a shipping container housing exploratory well-head at Horse Hill, in Surrey, southern England

Gatwick oil discovery: Claims up to 100 billion barrels of oil met with substantial scepticism

The 100 billion barrel estimate is so much higher than the 20 million estimate the company announced for the same licence area last October

An oil tanker escorted by two tugs off the coast of Alaska

Shell set to cut North Sea and Arctic operations after mega-deal

Oil major looks to focus on deep water exploration and liquefied natural gas after £47bn takeover of BG Group

Gibbons’ broad ‘vocabulary’ may hold clues to the evolution of human speech

Scientists decipher the secrets of gibbon 'speech'

The research is so significant that it could provide clues on the evolution of human speech

A quarter of UK's wheat crop could be wiped out by virulent new strain of Himalayan fungus

Farmers are struggling to deal with Warrior, a new strain of the deadly yellow rust disease that gathers on leaves and chokes plants to death

An aerial photograph shows the clearing of trees on a peatland forest on Indonesia's Borneo island

The dramatic growth in plant cover will not offset the damage made from deforestation

The extra carbon being stored by this additional vegetation only represents seven per cent of the 60 billion tonnes of carbon that has been emitted into the atmosphere

A Tibetan monk surveys the wet Re’er grassland at Meiduo Lake, China. Grassland such as this is helping to balance out the demise of the rainforests

The climate change paradox: Rainforests are being felled... but the world is getting greener

The net increase in vegetation is so substantial that the world’s trees and other plants store 4 billion tonnes more carbon today than they did in 2003

The Prime Minister promised last month to hold a parliamentary vote on repealing the 2004 Hunting Act if the Tories win

Prominent fox hunting supporters step up Tory support – and expect repeal of ban in return

The plea will increase concerns among animal rights campaigners that the bar enforced a decade ago could be lifted if the Tories form a government

Energy minister Matthew Hancock was was forced to deny reports that he took the chartered flight with just two Foreign Office diplomats

Energy minister chartered his own private aircraft from London to Aberdeen, despite numerous scheduled services

He took the flight after a meeting in which the UK and Mexico affirmed to a global agreement to reduce carbon emissions

Shotton surface mine on the Blagdon Estate in Northumberland, run by Viscount Ridley

Prominent climate change sceptic set to make millions by digging giant open-cast mines on Northumberland family estate

The Ridley family have been mining coal on their 18th century Blagdon Estate since the 1940s

Pets falling ill to undeclared animal ingredients in their food

Dishes with undeclared portions of beef, chicken and pork can cause problems for pets with allergies to those meats, causing a range of symptoms

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Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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It helps a winner keep on winning
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Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
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Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
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'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
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Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
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'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

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The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
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Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
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Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
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