Ben Spencer (@Ben_Spencer )

Ben Spencer

Bio Science Editor of the Sunday Times. DMs open for tips and stories
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iPhone : The first edition of our weekly environment newsletter went out yesterday, featuring Bill Gates, Gordon Brown, a near-brawl at a UN climate summit, and the importance of blanket bog. Read it here:…. Sign up to get next week’s email:

iPhone : Our new #environment newsletter covers the most important stories from @TheTimes, @TheSundayTimes and beyond; hand-picked each week by science editor Ben Spencer.

This week featuring Englands rainforest”, also known as the Great North Bog (pictured):…

iPhone : In case you missed it, my story from Sunday explaining how Whitty, Vallance and the rest of Sage persuaded the PM to take this cautious approach to easing lockdown…

Twitter Web App : From tomorrow morning I will be sending out an environment newsletter once a week. Sign up here:

iPhone : Europe’s faltering immunisation programme has been hit by a boycott of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine by medical staff concerned about its side effects and doubtful of its efficacy against new variants of Covid-19…

iPhone : Lockdown 1 ended last July with “Super Saturday” - a mass lifting of restrictions in what Boris Johnson described as an end to our “long hibernation”. In today’s Sunday Times, how Sage scientists persuaded the PM to take a more gradual approach this time.…

iPhone : The Great North Bog! Details of an ambitious plan to restore England’s peatlands and shore up what is a huge carbon sink, in today’s Sunday Times.…

iPhone : So I’m not getting a vaccine next week - was feeling weird about why I’d been selected ahead of others so rang GP to check. Turns out they had my height as 6.2cm rather than 6 ft 2, giving me a BMI of 28,000 😂

iPhone : NEW with Ben Spencer

Britain has vaccinated 15 million people – but which groups have proven hardest to reach? When will we see its effects in the data? And with the vaccines we have, is "herd immunity" a realistic possibility?…

iPhone : It was a privilege this week to speak to two of the world’s leading vaccine scientists - Phil Dormitzer of Pfizer and Sarah Gilbert at Oxford - about the next steps in Covid vaccine development. Read about it in tomorrow’s Sunday Times.

iPhone : Nik Farah The Star, Sheffield Handsworth Sword Nancy Fielder Graham Walker Rochelle Malise Barrand Ellen Beardmore Julia Rodgerson Rob Hollingworth Tim Hopkinson Chris Etchells Nik, what a lovely piece. You were there for all my top moments in Sheffield - interviewing David Cameron in 2010, watching Nick Clegg become kingmaker at an election count a few months later, doing that feature on brain surgery (that pic is amazing) Good luck for your next move!