BONN, Germany – Today the climate negotiations considered new data prepared by the UN on emission targets put forward by developed countries under the Kyoto Protocol. Bolivia, in the negotiations, prepared a graph showing how far developed countries are from making the emission cuts needed by science.

Some countries did not want the data to be available publicly but Ambassador Pablo Solon of the Plurinational State of Bolivia released it at a press conference.

The data shows that:

  • Developed country emission reductions pledges in total could be 10-14% by 2017 below 1990 levels, without current rules and loopholes.
  • This increase may blow out to a massive 4-8% above 1990 levels if loopholes are not closed.
  • This is a far-cry from the cuts of 40-50% that developing countries demand, based on sound science and equity.

Speaking at a press conference today Pablo Solon, Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, said:

“The data shows a frightening chasm between what the science says, what the people have asked for, what Mother Earth needs and what rich countries are saying they are willing to do.”

“Last week in negotiations on emission accounting rules the European Union said that they will do whatever the rules allow them to do. I ask them if the rules allow them to burn the world would they do that? Because that is what the rules allow them to do.” Ambassador Solon said.

Lim Li Lin, a Kyoto Protocol expert from the Malaysia-based Third World Network added:

“The mitigation gap in terms of pledges is the tip of the ice-berg. Rich countries have been deliberately undermining the entire climate regime, particularly the binding targets of the Kyoto Protocol. If this happens we’ll have a world without a legal system to make binding emission cuts, that’s a world of 4 degrees temperature rise and climate catastrophe”.