African elephants could be extinct in the wild within a few decades, experts warned on Monday at a major conservation summit in Botswana.

Over 20,000 African elephants were poached across the continent in 2013 according to a report released today by the CITES Secretariat.

Climate change may increase the incidence of diarrheal disease in Botswana, according to a recent study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) — a bank set up by 56 Islamic nations — has approved financial assistance worth $617 million (approximately Rs 54.16 billion) for development projects in differen

Diarrheal disease is an important health challenge, accounting for the majority of childhood deaths globally. Climate change is expected to increase the global burden of diarrheal disease but little is known regarding climate drivers, particularly in Africa. Using health data from Botswana spanning a 30-year period (1974–2003), we evaluated monthly reports of diarrheal disease among patients presenting to Botswana health facilities and compared this to climatic variables.

Pit latrines are one of the most common human excreta disposal systems in low-income countries, and their use is on the rise as countries aim to meet the sanitation-related target of the Millennium Development Goals. There is concern, however, that pit latrine discharges of chemical and microbial contaminants to groundwater may negatively affect human health.

Three developing countries have recently toughened hunting regulations believing the changes will better protect vanishing species.

India will host the first ever global ministerial meet – 'E 50:50' – on elephants in the Capital from November 14 to 19.

Africa's biggest animals were poached in near record numbers in 2012, with surging demand for horn and ivory from Asia driving the slaughter of rhinos and elephants.

Botswana President Ian Khama said on Sunday the government will no longer issue licenses for hunting wild animals in a move aimed at protecting the fauna of the country from distinction.

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