A Dirty Business: Drugs in South African Townships - Illegal drug use is a serious problem in South Africa. According to the United Nations' 2012 World Drug Report, South Africa is the most important producer of crystal meth in the region. After marijuana, crystal meth is the most popular illegal drug in the country. Over the past decade, the rising rate of addiction to crystal meth has become one of the country's biggest economic and social problems. Young Global Leader - Preserving the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil - Denis B. Minev lives in Manaus, a city in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil. He wants to help maintain the country's economic boom while preserving the tropical rainforest. The former State Secretary for Planning and Economic Development of Amazonas, today Minev is a member of the board of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation. Burma: Preserving an Architectural Legacy - Myanmar, or Burma, has begun opening itself to the world. The country's largest city, Rangoon, is a booming center of business and industry. Apartment buildings, shopping centers, and office complexes are cropping up across the city. The transformation is threatening Rangoon's colonial architectural legacy and is causing land prices and rents to reach levels that most local residents can no longer afford. Dominican Republic: A country takes aim at climate change - The Dominican Republic aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent by 2030 - an ambitious goal that has made the country one of the global leaders in the effort to combat climate change. Implementing that goal while promoting economic growth and encouraging tourism as an important economic resource poses a challenge. That's why funding is now flowing to a number of climate-protection projects, among them an initiative that encourages farmers to manage their land sustainably.
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Episode #509 / Length: 26 minutes