Jun 15, 2009
At the recent climate talks in Bonn there seemed to be a competition between certain countries as to who could commit to the lowest cuts in carbon emissions. This cartoon illustrates the sad turn in events.
Friends of the Earth Japan have dubbed their Prime Minister 'Friend of the Fossils' for his woefully low targets for cuts in carbon emissions.
At the Bonn climate talks Japan announced their incredibly low target of a 15% reduction in carbon emission from 2005 levels, equivalent to 8% reductions from 1990 levels.
Reacting to the targets, Yvo de Boer - Executive Secretary of the climate talks - comment that "for the first time in two and a half years in this job I just don't know what to say."
Left: Prime Minister Taro Aso stands aside models of large carbon emitters such as air travel and heavy industry.
Below: Shirobe the polar bear lets the Prime Minister know, in no uncertain terms, he's not a happy bear.