Tom Bawden

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

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Barn owls are among species that could be affected

Non-native wildlife ‘at risk under new legislation’

Animals including the red kite, the goshawk, the barn owl and the wild boar could be completely wiped out of the UK if a new bill to encourage the development of infrastructure is passed, a group of leading scientists warns today.

The brown argus butterfly lost the ability to eat one of two plants in its diet after a climate-related move

The butterfly effect: climate change ‘forced species to adapt’

A British butterfly species has made climate-change history by becoming the first known animal of any kind to lose the ability to do something after global warming forced it to move to a new environment and adapt its behaviour.

8,000 white-clawed crayfish are forecast to perish in the River Allen as a result of the plague

Native British crayfish facing extinction following mysterious outbreak of plague

The UK’s endangered native crayfish species could be completely wiped out after a deadly plague was identified in one of its few strongholds.

Two bee eaters

Twitch and shout: Birdwatchers are raving over rare birds in Britain

This summer has been a “landmark year” for birdwatchers, as the warm weather encourages species normally associated with the Mediterranean to settle in the UK.

There are no fungicides for vegetables although there are for fruit and flowers

Gardeners lose the plot as summer weather leads to mildew attack

Alert from Royal Horticultural Society over disease which could damage or kill fruit and veg

Research from the University of Exeter suggests magpies are more likely to avoid novel or unexpected objects

Is it time to rethink the magpie’s reputation as a thief?

Experiments show birds are not compulsively attracted to shiny objects

Major oak, Sherwood Forest: Probably the most famous old tree in the country, the Major Oak is estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 years old. Folklore suggests it was used as a hideout by Robin Hood and his merry men, while the Sheriff of Nottingham and assorted villains were on the prowl.

Woodland Trust initiative examines 'Robin Hood' tree's famous roots

An oak tree reputedly used as a hideout by Robin Hood and a sycamore credited with starting the trade union movement are among the leading contenders in a competition to find Britain’s best trees.

Tidal Lagoon Power see the proposed structure as providing social space as well as producing energy

Wave hello to British sea power

A seawall and 16 turbines in Swansea Bay could generate electricity for 120,000 homes

The Royal College of General Practitioners has petitioned MPs to halt the £50bn scheme

College of GPs says HS2 work will disrupt its exams

The HS2 rail link is facing new opposition from an unexpected source, after the Royal College of General Practitioners claimed construction of the the line could deprive the UK of thousands of GPs because of disruptions to exams.

Protesters set up camp outside the Belcoo quarry site in Northern Ireland last month

British fracking industry suffers first terrorist-style bomb attack in Northern Ireland

Britain’s fracking industry has suffered its first terrorist-type attack, after the home of a shale gas worker in Northern Ireland was petrol-bombed from a passing car.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?