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Al Jazeera 9 Aug 2020

India: Elephants in My Backyard


Elephant habitats across India are shrinking at an alarming rate, leading to conflict with local residents.

In the southern region of Hassan, the conflict has been particularly intense. But accountant-turned-conservationist Vinod Krishnan is part of a team, led by Dr Anand Kumar, that is pioneering a radically new approach to deal with the conflict based on strategies of co-existence.

If successful, they could help revolutionise the way India deals with one of its most urgent and complex conservation challenges.

Filmmaker: Vikram Singh

Officials say they believe they know what is killing hundreds of elephants across Botswana. Preliminary testing points to a naturally occurring toxin as a probably cause. Samples were taken from elephants and sent for toxicology tests in several African countries and the United States. Now conservationists say they are focused on pinpointing what the toxin is and where the elephants are getting it from. Inside Edition Digital's Mara Montalbano has more.
This week marks the 75th anniversary of the formal end of the Second World War. Mishal Husain looks at her grandfather's role and the vital contribution to the allied effort by soldiers of many different nationalities. As Mishal explains, the Indian Army provided more than 2 million men for the allied campaign.
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in India has surpassed five million, officials say, the second-highest in the world after the US.
The virus appears to be spreading much faster in India than any other country, with daily cases crossing 90,000 for the five days up until Tuesday.
More than 80,000 people have died, amid reports of shortages of intensive care beds and oxygen supplies.
But the death rate is lower than in many countries with a high caseload.
The rise in infections comes as the government continues to lift restrictions throughout the country to try to boost an economy that lost millions of jobs when the virus hit in March.
Gyms are the latest to reopen, while schools, colleges and cinema halls remain shut. But most workplaces and markets are back to normal, and many cities are permitting restaurants and bars to resume serving alcohol, which is likely to increase crowds.

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Experts say they have identified the cause of death for hundreds of elephants across Botswana. Government officials say a naturally occurring neurotoxin called cyanobacteria has been blooming in the water. Officials say the phenomenon has been brought on by climate change, with warmer temperatures increasing the intensity and severity of harmful algae blooms. They also fear more algae blooms affecting other species around the world. Inside Edition Digital's Mara Montalbano has more.

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