9 June 2010 Contact: Alex
Rafalowicz, +49 1525 991 865
For Immediate Release
*Bolivia Reveals New Data: Shows Mitigation Gap in Kyoto Pledges*
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.
Many countries did not want the graph 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 those are
the rules that they are promoting.” Ambassador Solon said.
Lim Li Lin, a Kyoto Protocol expert from the Malaysia-based Third World
“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. “
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