Tom Bawden

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

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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.

A dead minke whale is unloaded in Kushiro on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Australia brought a case to the UN against the annual killing

Victory for campaigners as UN judges order Japan to stop hunting Antarctic whales

Japan has been ordered to end whale hunts in the Antarctic in a historic ruling that saw United Nations judges dismiss longstanding Japanese arguments that the hunting of more than 900 whales a year was carried out for scientific research purposes only.

Climate change could wipe out wildlife and is ‘major risk’ to UK forests

Report says effects of tree dieback on food production and biodiversity worse than previously thought

The chief executive of British Gas-owner Centrica, said potential investors would be put off backing new power plants during the probe

‘Scaremongering’ British Gas boss Sam Laidlaw warns that Ofgem energy review could lead to blackouts

Consumer groups and MPs reject claims as Ofgem announces review that could break up the Big Six

The political tension around energy prices has reached a new high

Ofgem energy report: Electricity and gas providers plunge on calls for industry shake-up

The City rejected energy regulator Ofgem’s call for a competition investigation into the industry, sending shares in energy providers lower amid warnings much-needed investment would be deterred.

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Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
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As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

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Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

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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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little