Mexico's war on drugs has proven long and brutal. The central state of Michoacan has been hit especially hard, with rival cartels fighting each other for territory AND against onslaughts by the Mexican Army. The violence has led to lawlessness...and a spike in illegal logging. One small town, Cherلn, took on all the bad guys and drove them out. Five years later the Purépecha Indian village is still effectively governing itself. Peace reigns in Cherلn but villagers say they can never lower their... [see more] guard.Costa Rica is well-known for its pristine nature, abundant waterways and commitment to clean energy. But the country has recently taken its environmental initiative one step further. It has broken records for going the longest stretch of time -- using energy "only" from renewable power sources. Correspondent Harris Whitbeck reports on the progress this pioneering nation is making -- to be a global model for sustainability.
"The Centenarians": Correspondent Harris Whitbeck investigates the secrets of long life among the people of the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. This region is home to some of the oldest people in the world: many over the age of 100."Game Changer"A profile of Julia Novelo, a designer in Mexico City turning the city's waste into jewelry. In doing so she provides work to poor single mothers. Her organization "Cerrando el ciclo" ("Closing the cycle") has been widely recognized as an NGO - making a difference.The program ends this week with a a video essay from Colombia. The essay chronicles the effort to return endangered Red Howler Monkeys into the wild.