Vatican presses politicians on climate change

April 28, 2015
By Roger Harrabin, BBC environment analyst

The Vatican Science Academy has challenged politicians to end their “infatuation” with a form of economic growth that is ruining the Earth.

The academy said that nations were measuring their wealth by GDP (Gross Domestic Product), taking no account of the harm caused by business practises.

It urged countries to act as stewards of God’s creation.

The statements are likely to influence the Pope’s coming Encyclical on climate change.