Is Wal-Mart succeeding at going green? Charles Fishman, author of the Wal-Mart effect (treehugger review here) answers with a maybe. Wal-Mart plans four energy-saving stores this year-and hundreds of conventional ones. All new stores have some energy saving features but they have not hit the targeted 30% reductions. ::How Green is Wal-Mart?
Remember the village phone? Muhammad Yunus and his innovative Grameen Bank got the Nobel Prize for microcredit, and one of the early successes was to lend money to village women to rent cell phone usage to others.
Grameen's famous Village Phone Program lifted thousands out of poverty-- and helped Muhammad Yunus win the Nobel Peace Prize. The problem: It's not working anymore. ::Unplanned Obsolescence