[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2016)]
By Cynthia A. Campbell
Charles C. Mann’s article “Solar, Eclipsed” focuses on India’s increasing emission of greenhouse gases. Mann illuminates coal as an energy source vs solar energy. Ultimately, the article speaks to the danger of India’s continued use of coal as a power source (without pollution control) which could lead to an environmental disaster.
Mann’s discussion of the Jharia coalfield was especially enlightening. At one point, Mann notes that “It has been on fire, calamitously, since 1916” (182). This point indicates that the environment has been compromised by harmful levels of carbon emitted for a century.
After reading Man’s article, what was one point concerning emissions control that you found especially interesting? Briefly explain why and provide a page number citation.