As the political parties look to the race up the mountain to the election, the person wearing the yellow jersey for pollution reduction may come as a surprise to some, it’s Tony Abbott.

That’s the finding of the first run of our Pollute-o-meter across the present policies of the ALP and the Coalition. The Pollute-o-meter, conducted for The Climate Institute by independent consultants Climate Risk, reveals that present policies of the major parties will see Australia’s 2020 pollution levels at 21% above 2000 levels under the ALP and 7% above for the Coalition.