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Peru - Counterfeit Money

Peru - Counterfeit Money (Dan Collyns) - The Peruvian capital of Lima is the "fake dollar" capital of the world, according to the United States Secret Service. For the past four years, the U.S. government has declared Peru the world's leading producer of fake US currency. That's a fact drawing a lot of attention to the clandestine world of Peru's counterfeiters as Correspondent Dan Collyns reports.

 

Venezuela - Underwater Village (Stephen Gibbs) - Since the 1970's, Venezuela has been heavily dependent on hydroelectric power to provide the nation's energy. But this year, a combination of increased demand and drought has caused the water levels at all of the country's main dams to fall to historically low levels. It's been a serious problem for the government which imposed power rationing. But it's also led to an interesting, perhaps less negative side-effect. As the water levels fall, long submerged valleys are being exposed again. Our correspondent Stephen Gibbs traveled to the state of Tachira in the West of the country, where an entire village has re-emerged.

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Costa Rica - Saving Earth. Costa Rica is the eco-capital of Latin America, offering rich biodiversity and generating most of its electricity from clean sources. In fact 25 % of its land is designated a wildlife reserve or National Park and protected from development.Costa Rica was on a mission to become the first country to have zero emissions by 2021. Last year, it had to revise that goal and admit it was overly ambitious. Argentina - Solar Villages. In Argentina, solar energy is already making a huge difference.

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Cuba - HIV Children. The World Health Organization calls it one of the greatest feats in medicine today. Doctors in Cuba have discovered a way to prevent pregnant women with HIV from transmitting the virus to their children. Antarctica - Blind birdwatchers. A blind birdwatcher from Uruguay proves you don't need sight to see. Through the sounds of nature he is able to envision the world that surrounds him. He explores the sounds of nature in Uruguay and Brazil and he goes as far as the Antarctic. Americas Now follows him.

Ecuador - Rainforest Chocolate

The Waorani tribe, which resides deep in Ecuador's rainforest, was known in the 1980s for being aggressive with Western white explorers, missionaries, and tourists. The tribe's members have become entrepreneurs by developing a chocolate endeavor that has garnered many green certifications and earned a Latin American environmental award.

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Forced Sterilizations - Thousands of women in Peru in the 1990's were coerced into sterilization. Dan Collyns in Lima investigates the legacy of this controversial poverty alleviation and population program. Next: the Americas Now "Game Changer" report profiles - Saskia Nino de Rivera - an activist working among mothers and their children born in Mexican overcrowded and inadequate prisons. Finally: Our video essay looks at Urban gardening in Venezuela; a nation undergoing chronic food shortages.

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First "Cuba Ecotourism" Correspondent Michael Voss (who has lived in Cuba for nearly ten years) guides viewers through the kind of tourism Cuba wants to promote as the nation targets its the most sought after customers: Americans. Next a look at luxury tourism in Brazil. High end style and what to shop for in Sao Paolo. Finally - Gerry Hadden explores the beaches of Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. In a decade it has gone from hammock heaven...to the hottest spot in the sun...full of stylish, bungalow hotels.

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