Tom Bawden

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

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Power supplies in Britain face a 'significant' threat from flooding because substations serving millions of people are not adequately protected

Vulnerable substations serving millions still at risk from flooding

Exclusive: National Grid identifies transmission facilities that could be affected, but some will not get adequate flood defences for several years

All at sea: Shareholders rebel against $8.7m pay package for top BP bosses

Almost a third of the oil giant's investors fail to back the deal at a bad-tempered annual meeting

BP chairman defends Bob Dudley's pay package

BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg has thrown his support behind chief executive Bob Dudley, insisting the tripling of his pay package last year “was good news for every shareholder”.

BP braced for shareholder anger over executive pay

The BP board is bracing itself for a bumpy ride at the annual shareholder meeting, with investors set to take it to task over executive pay, the oil giant’s tie-up with Russia’s Rosneft and the continuing fallout from the Gulf of Mexico spill.

The amount of nitrogen stored in the soil as a result of soaring emissions from agriculture, power stations and cars is now so great it has reached critical levels

UK smog: Nitrogen doesn't just cause air pollution - it is a huge threat to Britain's wildlife too, experts warn

The nitrogen pollution contributing to Britain’s smog poses the biggest threat to wildlife that the public has never heard of – with the potential to wipe out everything from clover to butterflies in eco-systems across the country – experts have warned.

Plans to extend the badger cull have been put on hold after Defra deemed it to be unsafe and ineffective

Badger cull ‘not safe, effective or humane’, says Defra

Plans to extend a controversial badger cull have been dropped by the Government after an independent report into last year’s trials found they fell short on grounds of effectiveness and humaneness.

Smog surrounds the City of London

Smog expert: Worsening Saharan dust storms to become an annual Spring fixture as climate changes

The Saharan dust storms thickening Britain’s smog and coating cars from Cornwall to Aberdeen will become increasingly strong in the coming years as a “nasty mixture” of drought, development and intensive farming in North Africa pushes up air pollution, a leading dust expert warned yesterday.

Park Gate Down in Kent. The Wildlife Trusts believe England's wildlife-rich grasslands are suffering a 'catastrophic decline'

Wildife Trusts: Britain's grasslands face greatest ever threat from building development and climate change

Britain’s already decimated reserves of grassland face an unprecedented threat from building developments and climate change, The Wildlife Trusts have warned.

Smog cloaks the Canary Wharf district of London on Wednesday

Smog over Britain: Air pollution ‘will get worse’ as more drivers choose diesel powered cars

The fine particles created by the engines pose huge health risks, expert warns

Lobbyist Lord Lawson is a vociferous climate change sceptic

MPs accuse BBC of creating 'false balance' on climate change with unqualified sceptics

The BBC has been accused of misleading the public about climate change, creating a “false balance” by allowing unqualified climate sceptics too much air time and giving opinion the same weight as fact.

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell