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Tom Bawden

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Past articles by Tom:

FILE PHOTO: A meteor is photographed near the Milky Way during the annual Perseid meteor shower in Pico de las Nieves

Scientists are confident there is life elsewhere in the universe, and they are far more likely now to find it thanks to powerful new telescopes → Read More

Why whales sing like Britney Spears, Janice Joplin and Mick Jagger

New study finds that dolphins, killer whales and other toothed whales have a remarkable vocal range that, like humans, contains three different registers → Read More

UK rivers: 20 waterways at high risk from wildlife-killing pollution, from sewage to chemicals

The River Wye at Ashford-In-The-Water, Derbyshire, is one of 20 UK rivers the Wildlife Trusts said faces a particular threat from pollution linked to human illnesses and the death of wildlife (Photo: Chalk Photography) → Read More

How polluted are your local rivers? England and Wales' 20 worst rivers for sewage discharge

Research finds that sewage spills are commonplace across much of England and Wales - while they have also been widely seen in Scotland and Northern Ireland → Read More

A high temperature drops out of the top 20 Covid symptoms as the new 'Kraken' variant spreads

Once a 'big three' indicator that you had the virus, now running a temperature barely registers - but look out for sore throat, blocked nose and sneezing → Read More

Why antidepressants like Prozac, Sertaline and Cipralex could be making antibiotics less effective

Research finds that anxiety and depression drugs could be adding to antibiotic resistance displayed by bugs like E. coli → Read More

Amazon rainforest has been trashed much more than previously thought, major new study reveals

A 2019 view of Belterra, in the Brazilian Amazon, four years after a fire affected this forest fragment (Photo: Marizilda Cruppe/Rede Amazônia Sustentável) → Read More

Take note hay fever sufferers – tree pollen season is nearly here and it could be worse in the city

The study was conducted on silver birch in Poland but the findings are thought to apply to other trees that typically cause hay fever (Photo: Getty Images) → Read More

How weather extremes have combined to brighten up our winter gardens with a host of flowers

An explosion of colour from Hamamelis at RHS Garden Wisley. People who garden more frequently report lower stress levels and better wellbeing (Photo: Oliver Dixon/RHS) → Read More

How long does long Covid last? Symptoms should end within a year, major study says

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, an estimated 2.1 million people in private households in the UK were experiencing long Covid as of 4 December, 2022 → Read More

How NHS nature prescriptions for building 'bug hotels' and countryside walks are boosting wellbeing

Craig Bennett, chief executive of the Wildlife Trusts - which is involved in all the government official pilots of green prescriptions - tells is the evidence is mounting that nature really can play a key role in our healthcare service → Read More

New Alzheimer’s test which allows earlier treatment could be used by NHS in three years

The researchers hope that doctors could test for molecular markers to spot patients most at risk of progressive disease, allowing them to intervene at an earlier stage (Photo: Andrew Brookes/Getty) → Read More

Why bird flu is a step closer to infecting humans but there's no need to panic just yet

A colony of northern gannets on the Rouzic island of the Sept-Iles archipelago, a bird reserve affected by a severe epidemic of bird flu, off the coast of Perros-Guirec in Brittany, France (Photo: Stephane Mahe/Reuters) → Read More

World governments agree biggest conservation area in history as part of deal to save the planet

Campaigners hail the agreements as hugely significant although some say they don't go far enough, while some African nations are unhappy with elements of the deal → Read More

Cost of living: Five million cancelling gym memberships as rising prices threaten 'health and fitness crisis'

The YouGov poll found that 10% of adults in Great Britain have either cancelled or are considering cancelling a gym or other sports or exercise membership 'due to the rising cost of living' (Photo: Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images) → Read More

UK Covid cases are rising again, but widespread immunity will let Christmas parties go ahead

Cases may accelerate more rapidly in the new year as new variants gain dominance and prolonged indoor Christmas socialising spreads the virus, says Tim Spector (Getty) → Read More

COP27 climate summit: Why the 1.5°C global warming target looks further away than ever

While poorer nations hail an agreement for richer countries to pay climate change reparations, analysts are concerned that far too little is being done to tackle the causes of climate change → Read More

Cost of living crisis: Hundreds of allotments to be created in wasteland to help families tackle rising costs

The scheme is hoped to be the first of many across the country that could help feed the nation while benefiting their health and getting children to appreciate nature → Read More

The UK is set to fall behind Europe on cutting carbon emissions

A crude oil refinery in Kochi, Kerala state, India. A rapid rollout of renewable energy projects, particularly solar, is set to transform India’s electricity sector this decade (Photo: RS Iyer/AP) → Read More

World on course to hit record carbon emissions in 2022, 'deeply concerning' new findings suggest

If the world continues with current levels of emissions, there is a 50 per cent chance that within nine years global temperature rises will hit 1.5°C, a study says (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters) → Read More