On June 5 this year, we celebrated World Environment Day on the theme ‘Biodiversity’ and the tagline “Time for Nature”. While the word biodiversity has become a household term in today’s world, the scope of this word is often understated.
Most of us know that the Earth shows a great diversity of living organisms — from the microscopic to the gigantic, found in a range of habitats — from the hot deserts of the Sahara to the cold mountain tops of the Tibetan plateau. What do we know of this biodiversity? What threatens it?