《核電 霧霾 你》登好書榜
我的科普書《核電 霧霾 你：從福島核事故細說能源、環保與工業安全》，2014年北京大學出版（《核電關鍵報告》，台灣天下文化版；《七彩能源一鑑開》，香港天地版），最近獲選入中國高校出版社 2014年12月好書榜，位列前三名（http://www.ilu
根據這些反思，我先後以中文繁體字、簡體字在香港、台灣和大陸出版了《核電 霧霾 你》。本書引起關注，並在短期內罕有地被譯成英、日、法、俄文在美國麻州、日本東京、法國巴黎和俄羅斯莫斯科出版。這本書能夠獲選入好書榜，並被翻譯成多國文字在世界各地出版，說明能源與環境問題關乎人類社會的永續生存，引人關注。希望各界繼續關注能源與環保，共同努力從事科技創新，推動社會進步。
My book, Critical Reflections on Nuclear and Renewable Energy, reaches top three
Recently, I was honoured to learn that the simplified Chinese version of my popular science book, Critical Reflections on Nuclear and Renewable Energy: Environmental Protection and Safety in the Wake of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident, published in December 2014 by Peking University Press, was ranked among the top three books (http://www.ilucking.com/zixun/ shuye-2249/) in the December 2014 Best Books List (University Press List). The list was jointly established by the Editorial Division of Guang Ming Daily and China University Student Online of the Ministry of Education in China.
Earlier versions were published in traditional Chinese by Commonwealth Publishing Group in Taiwan and Cosmos Books in Hong Kong.
My book was based the severe earthquake and ensuing tsunami on the 11 March 2011 in the north-eastern part of Japan that triggered the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, which revealed a bottleneck in nuclear safety: human error. Once again, people started to question the safety of nuclear power. Energy is the lifeblood of modern civilisation, but only safe energy sources can benefit mankind. Is nuclear energy safe compared to other energies? Is it feasible to give up nuclear energy? What energy alternatives do we have if we give up nuclear power? What impact will different types of energy have on our environment?
As the first overseas safety expert to be invited to Fukushima after the nuclear accident, I not only visited Sendai just one month after the accident but also the Fukushima power plant in July 2013, where I learned about the post-disaster clean-up. During my visits, I discussed with my Japanese counterparts as well as government and industry personnel about the causes of the accident and proposed energy policy ideas. I also reflected on issues related to a whole spectrum of energies, including nuclear energy, and their effect on the environment. I looked at the pros and cons of different energies from a life cycle perspective; the stability, pollution impact and the emotional acceptance of various energies; and the need to balance energy development with national economic development, human needs, environmental sustainability and safety and reliability.
On the basis of these reflections, I wrote the book, published successively in traditional and simplified Chinese in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. It drew worldwide attention and was quickly translated into English, Japanese, French and Russian, which is rare, and published in Massachusetts (US), Tokyo (Japan), Paris (France) and Moscow (Russia), respectively. That the book is ranked among the three best books and has been translated into various languages is testimony that energy and the environment are important issues that concern the sustainability of the human race. I hope people from various walks of life will continue to pay attention to energy and environmental protection and work together to promote scientific and technological innovations for the advancement of society.
20 July, 2015