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The Brundtland Commission defined sustainable development as development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". Sustainable development has emerged as a critical issue for government and the United Nations.

A green economy is an economic development model based on sustainable development and a knowledge of ecological economics. The Green Economy is different from past economic models in that it includes a direct valuation of natural capital and ecological services and a full cost accounting regime in which costs externalised onto society via ecosystems are valued.

The variety of life on Earth - its biological diversity - is commonly referred to as biodiversity. The number of species of plants, animals, and microorganisms, the different ecosystems on the planet, such as deserts, rainforests and coral reefs are all part of a biologically diverse Earth. We are grateful to the CSIRO for facilitating the development of this Curve.

Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in average weather conditions or the distribution of events around that average (e.g., more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change may be limited to a specific region or may occur across the whole Earth.