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March 12
2012年3月12日

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二〇一一年三月十一日,日本發生九級大地震和海嘯,引發福島核電廠事故。事故後一個月,我應日本東北大學之邀,走訪當地了解最新情況,並先後撰寫多篇文章評論和分析核安事件,包括核反應堆的氫氣爆炸、受輻射污染水的排放、核輻射洩漏及對周邊國家與民眾的影響等。與此同時,我在三十多個場合就這一主題做演講,受到各界關注。

值此福島事故周年之際,將發表在香港與台灣報章上的文章及經過整理的演講錄音稿結集成冊,由香港天地圖書出版,取名《七彩能源一鑑開――從日本福島事故看能源與環保》。

能源匱乏是二十一世紀人類面對的問題。比較水、火 (煤、油、天然氣) 、核、風、太陽、生物,及其他等七彩能源,在功效、安全可靠性、環保、資源儲量、經濟價值方面各有利弊;其中有些值得憂慮,有些流於不合理的恐懼。評估能源,應遵循嚴謹原則,考量環保、「生命週期」內污染、能源的可靠度與民眾面對的風險。這些問題在福島核事故後再度顯現出來,有賴我們集多學科智慧,跨領域整合,釐清科技發展、可持續性與增進民生福祉三者之間的關係。

未來能源發展,除了需要研發新能源,節能更是當務之要!希望書中輯錄的評論和分析文章,有助讀者反思能源與全球環境安全這一重要議題。

本書版稅所得將全數捐給學生獎學金。

七彩能源一鑑開

 


New book

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan on 11 March, 2011. One month later, I visited the Sendai area at the invitation of Tohoku University to learn about the latest situation there. After that, I wrote a series of articles commenting on and analysing the nuclear accident, covering various aspects of nuclear safety, from the hydrogen explosion in the nuclear reactor, to the dumping of radiation-contaminated water, nuclear radiation leaks and their impact on people in neighboring countries, and so forth. In addition, I delivered some 30 topical talks on this incident, drawing attention from people of all walks of life.

To mark the first anniversary of the accident, Cosmos Books will bring out a collection of my articles originally published in newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong and Taiwan called A Spectrum of Energies: Reflection of Energy and Environmental Protection in the Wake of Fukushima Nuclear Accident.

Energy deficiency is a pressing issue, one that confronts all human societies. The whole spectrum of energies — hydraulics, thermal (coal, oil & natural gas), nuclear, wind, solar and bio — possess pros and cons in terms of efficiency, safety, reliability, environmental protection, reserves, and economic value. Some are legitimate concerns, while others are unjustifiable fears. In evaluating energy, we must adhere to strict principles, taking into consideration all the relevant factors, such as environmental protection, life-cycle pollution, reliability of energy, and the risks that people have to face. All these issues were highlighted by the Fukushima nuclear accident. To tackle them, we need to gather the collective wisdom, work across multiple disciplines, and seek to gain a clearer picture of the relationships between the development of science and technology, sustainability and social welfare.

When considering the future of energy, it is vital that we promote the need to save energy in addition to the development and research of new energies. I do hope the comments and analysis in the book can urge the reader to reflect on this major issue — energy and global environmental safety.

All royalties from the book will be donated to CityU's student scholarship scheme.


March 12, 2012

 

 


 

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