Global panel to make economic case on climate change

NEW YORK CITY, September 24, 2013 (AFP) – Mexico’s former president Felipe Calderon said that climate action can boost both developed and emerging countries as he led a new commission bringing together government and business leaders. In an initiative being launched Tuesday on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly, Calderon will chair a report that aims to make the business case for addressing climate change.

Calderon said that serious questions about the science of climate change had already been settled, but that businesses and governments needed greater assurances on the impact of curbing carbon emissions blamed for the planet’s rising temperatures.

“We will demonstrate that it is possible to have economic growth, business opportunities, job creation and at the same time mitigate emissions and tackle climate change,” Calderon said on a conference call.

Calderon said that the panel would make recommendations both for wealthy and developing countries, which traditionally argue that they cannot be expected to make the same type of cuts in emissions.

“It is possible to get the right economic policies that can foster economic growth without threatening the environment,” said Calderon, who pushed through a la