Tom Bawden

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

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The rolling hills of the South Downs National Park near to Brighton, Sussex. Residents of the South Downs National Park have accused the Government of attempting to drive through road development proposals in sensitive areas along the South Coast without properly consulting the public

Road expansion planned for South Downs National Park ‘ignoring local views’

Meanwhile another southern coastal route identified as most persistently dangerous highway in Britain

The apocalyptic vision of the future painted in 'Interstellar' could be closer than we think

UN report: Climate change has permanently ruined farmland the size of France

UN describes new film Interstellar as prescient

Shell defies oil’s fall to boost profit as new chairman is announced

Shell reported soaring profits in the face of falling oil prices yesterday as it appointed Charles “Chad” Holliday as its new chairman.

Natterer’s bats tend to congregate in mixed sex groups

Revealed: bats are frequent fliers – but hang out with the same crowd

Five-year study of Oxfordshire colonies sheds new light on the mammals’ domestic life

Shell puts rival BP in the shade after profits jump despite fall in oil prices

Shell posted a 31% rise in third-quarter profits to $5.8 billion

National Grid forced into emergency measures to protect Britain from winter blackouts

Incidents at seven plants leave UK teetering on the edge of its power capacity

BP hikes dividend despite fall in oil prices and weakness in Russian rouble

Crude oil has dived more than 20% since the summer to hit profits

Highly detailed weather forecasts will certainly give Brits more to discuss

UK weather forecasting just got £97m better as Met Office reveals new supercomputer

New tools will let Met Office make five- or six-day predictions

Save our pumpkins: UK wastes 18,000 tons of food while carving Halloween jack o'lanterns

The Pumpkin Rescue campaign wants British households to help prevent food waste

The EU set itself a goal to cut emissions by 80-95 per cent between 1990 and 2050

New EU carbon target is bold but ‘not enough’

Climate scientists believe deal is lacking

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