Exotic earthworm found in Karnataka for the first time
An exotic and highly invasive earthworm — Amynthas alexandri of the Megascolecidae family — has been collected and reported for the first time from Karnataka. Its original home is believed to be Southeast Asia.
Birds in India are facing poor conditions due to many factors, including cats. Studies have found cats to be the "single greatest source of anthropogenic mortality" for birds and mammals in the US. Ecologist Monica Kaushik has studied cats' hunting habits in Dehradun and found pet cats hunt birds the most. Cats maintain a 'landscape of fear' and their saliva contains bacteria lethal to birds. Debate on the proper way to deal with cats has spiralled in the West, but India has nearly no data.
As more people strap on designer rucksacks, trekking groups in India are innovating to be less intimidating. Luxury trekking companies now host smaller groups, provide lavish meals, roomier tents and network connectivity up in the hills
Pooja & Piyush Associates' steel construction projects demonstrate green quotient, fast execution, flexibility, and recyclability. Their Heer Radha Residence and Nuts and Bolts Residence feature steel columns, salvaged wood, PVC, clay blocks, and rotatable louvres. These projects are climate-responsive, use natural insulation, and reduce the carbon footprint.