The World According to Cotton
History has been written on the blank face of cotton: a white, fluffy, endlessly malleable material that is the base for everything from seersucker suits to luxury sheets. Cotton has caused and funded wars, led to economic expansion and collapse, enriched landowners and enslaved the rest. However, we’re not here to talk about cotton’s rich history, as interesting and crucial as it is. We are here to detail cotton’s role in your wardrobe. Did you know… 68 percent of women’s clothing contains cotton, and 85 percent of men’s clothing as well? U.S. textile manufacturers move 3.8 billion tons of cotton, and just over half of that goes into apparel alone. (more)
Can cities reduce traffic congestion and emissions with a private transit network?
The best way to describe JPods, a new form of public transit soon to be tested in New Jersey, is “something out of the Jetsons.” At least that’s how one city official described the solar-powered pods, which are a combination of light rail and self-driving car suspended above roads. Imagine something like a ski lift running above our existing streets and you’re getting close to the right mental image.
But there’s one sticking point: The JPods are a private transit system. Will investors be willing to fund a network of pods that compete with light rail, buses, subways, and other current public transit options? And if the capital was there, would municipal governments let this happen?