Stephen Hesse

Stephen Hesse is an educator and writer living in Tokyo. He graduated from Vermont Law School, where he received a JD and an LLM, and is now a professor in the Law Faculty of Chuo University, Tokyo, as well as Associate Director of the Chuo International Center.

For Stephen Hesse's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| May 28, 2008

Burying our heads in the sand

We've all heard the warning, "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is." Still, with daily reports harping on the dangers of climate change, just about any method to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is getting a closer look. Carbon capture and storage is ...

| Apr 23, 2008

Is growth driving us to oblivion?

Last month, when I wrote a column headlined "Apocalypse when? Can three experts all be wrong on looming disaster?," I expected that readers would harangue me for taking up ranks with the pessimists. After all, for every doomster, there seems to be a Pangloss ...

| Mar 26, 2008

Can three experts all be wrong on looming disaster?

If you ask British scientist James Lovelock about the future of humanity, be prepared for a shock. Writer Decca Aitkenhead of the London-based Guardian newspaper recently spoke with the 88-year-old independent scientist, inventor and author, and found his predictions "unnerving" and "alarming" — especially because ...

Even oceans can only take so much

| Feb 27, 2008

Even oceans can only take so much

N ow that the wider world has finally recognized the extent to which human activities are altering the Earth's climate, maybe we can also begin to grasp the fact that our oceans, too, are in dire straits. Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the ...

| Jan 23, 2008

Cars and fuel set to get more political

In 2007, climate change finally became a reality in the wider public's consciousness. So what about this year? With a U.S. presidential election slated for November, it's a good bet that 2008 will mark the first time our planet's health plays a prominent role in U.S. ...

'Gore's Nobel Prize is wonderful'

| Oct 24, 2007

'Gore's Nobel Prize is wonderful'

As soon as the rumors began that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the U.N. Intergovern- mental Panel on Climate Change were being considered for a Nobel Peace Prize it was easy to predict at least one thing: Win or not, the commentators, ...

Turning waste into rich resources

| Sep 26, 2007

Turning waste into rich resources

Visit Calcutta, even briefly, and you soon learn the rules of the road — or rather that there aren't many, if any. You will also meet some of the planet's most resourceful people, from street children to scientists who are masters of making very ...