Tom Bawden

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

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Sandra the orangutan, covered with a blanket, inside her cafe at Buenos Aires' Zoo on December 8, 2010

Orangutan inside Argentina zoo granted 'non-human person rights' in landmark ruling

Experts said the verdict could open the floodgates to thousands of similar cases

Langdon Meadows, Essex. Bumblebees, butterflies, orchids,
bats and songbirds share these pastures. Plans for a 725-home development on the site near Basildon have been approved

Local wildlife sites not protected by statute are being ruined by development, warns report

A tenth of 'secret spaces' have been lost or damaged in the past five years

Prince Charles in Poundbury, his experimental new town in Dorset which has been dismissed as a ‘retro-kitsch fantasia’

Prince Charles discovers 10 ways to antagonise architects with list of 'geometric principles'

The Prince is urging town planners to take more inspiration from 'nature’s order' by burying wires and removing street signs

Subsidies go to polluting plants to provide back-up for clean power

The subsidies are designed to keep the lights on when the wind stops blowing

Philip Dilley, the Environment Agency’s new chairman

New Environment Agency head Sir Philip Dilley won’t mind getting his feet wet

Lord Smith’s successor tells Tom Bawden he’s ready for the floods

Could flooding in this country be linked to deforestation?

Deforestation in the Amazon will cause precipitation in Britain

"Trees are not only the ‘lungs’ of the world, but its ‘sweat glands’, too"

Arctic ground squirrels are speeding up methane release

Arctic squirrels blamed for climate change damage

Rodents have been accused of everything from the Black Death to electrical fires over the centuries – now climate change can be added to the long list of mishaps for which they are to blame.

Small but perfectly formed is nuclear answer

As well as generating green electricity the reactors could be used for heat production

A cow’s motherly moos vary from low to high frequency depending on whether her calf is in sight or not, according to new research

Researchers have deciphered the noises that cows make

Scientists from Nottingham University and Queen Mary University spent ten months digitally recording the cow sounds

James Kenny, the archaeologist who discovered Racton Man, studies his remains at the Novium Museum

Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

'He would have been a very senior and prominent member of society'

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War with Isis

Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria
Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

A spring in your step?

Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
10 best compact cameras

A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

If your smartphone won’t quite cut it, it’s time to invest in a new portable gadget
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
11 best bedside tables

11 best bedside tables

It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

Italy vs England player ratings

Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police