Thomas Biesheuvel

For Thomas Biesheuvel's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Fossil fuels must stay in ground to stop warming

World / Science & Health Jan 24, 2015

Fossil fuels must stay in ground to stop warming

Two-thirds of the world's fossil-fuel reserves must remain unburnt to hold temperature increases below dangerous levels, according to researchers at University College London. Half the world's known gas reserves, one-third of the oil and 80 percent of the coal should remain in the ground and ...

Reader Mail Apr 22, 2012

Keep the wrecking ball at bay

I like Tokyo Tower. I will get used to the Tokyo Sky Tree (public opening due May 22), but for now I feel more for the familiar graceful lines and the more humane proportions of the older tower. It is an architectural icon, and ...

Commentary Mar 17, 2011

Calculating the impact of aerosols

SINGAPORE — Scientists have developed an extensive understanding of the impact that carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other global warming gases have on Earth's climate. These are large-scale emissions from human activity such as burning coal, oil and natural gas, and clearing forests for ...

Commentary Feb 2, 2011

Beijing should take a leaf out of Li Na's book

LOS ANGELES — A metaphor for our dramatic world geopolitical change occurred in Melbourne at the prestigious Australian Open. There, even as time-honored warriors Roger Federer and Raphael Nadal were eliminated, a Chinese woman slammed her way into history. The relentless Li Na became ...