"World leaders cannot use the global recession as an excuse to delay action on climate change, according to leading economists."
Leading economists, huh? I wonder who they might be? In fact, the reference is to a report from the 'ESRC Centre for Climate Change and Economic Policy'. No, I've not heard of them either. I wonder who funds them? That's right - WE DO, via a slush fund at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (sic).
So, in summary, the government hands our money to their academic chums, who then call upon the government to take action that the government wanted to do all along, and their media pals can spin it as if the pressure is coming from independent experts.