Tom Bawden

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

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Not for shale: An anti-fracking protest in Preston earlier this year

House prices near fracking sites could fall by up to 7 per cent, government report warns

Fracking could also worsen traffic congestion, noise and air quality, and may not bring many jobs to an area in the longer term, it says

Houses built on land formerly designated as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), in Newhaven, East Sussex

More than 2,000sq km of British countryside lost to development in six years

Forests, farmland and wetlands are being cleared to make way for new housing, mineral extraction, golf courses and wind farms

The proposed site for the York Potash Mine near Whitby in the North York Moors National Park

North York Moors: ‘Test case’ national park mining project gets go-ahead

Members voted 8 to 7 in favour of the development, despite opposition from 29 environmental groups

Protesters celebrate victory in Lancashire

Lancashire councillors' decision to reject fracking 'a serious setback for shale gas in UK'

The decision by local councillors to reject the plans defies clear advice from their legal and planning advisors to wave them through

An ‘Alice in Wonderland’ garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in Surrey

Soil erosion a major threat to Britain's food supply, says Government advisory group

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report says the UK will be in danger of producing less food in the coming decades

Anti-fracking protestors gathered outside Lancashire County Hall in Preston on Thursday

Fracking: What is it, why is it so contentious - and how important will it be for the UK?

Hydraulic fracturing could soon be coming to your neighbourhood, but many are fearful of its dangers on the environment - Tom Bawden explains

A cyclist passes a bank of daffodils in the spring sunshine in Hyde Park

Britain's public parks threatened with privatisation as cuts stretch council budgets

local authorities have no statutory requirement to fund public parks

Deadly Nightshade, Atropa belladonna, in flower

Killer plants: A handy guide to the hidden dangers in your garden

From Monkshood to Hemlock, the plants that should be looking out for

Protesters were demonstrating against the applications from energy firm Cuadrilla to start two fracking operations on nearby sites

Lancashire councillors prevented from blocking proposals for UK's first fracking site, says council member

'Secret' legal advice is being used to influence vote, claim Lancashire coucillors

Anti-fracking protesters state their case during a demonstration outside of a meeting in Preston County Hall

Fracking: Decision on Lancashire shale gas site postponed amid an extraordinary legal row

Councillors said their decision had been constrained by 'secret' legal advice

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