CT sees double-digit drop in atmospheric carbon

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State environmental officials say carbon emissions from all sources have dropped significantly.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Energy and Environment Commissioner Robert Klee said Friday that carbon from power plants dropped 22 percent since 2005 and 31 percent since 1990.

Carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles, home furnaces and other sources have declined 17 percent since 2004. The 2010 data is the most recent.

Malloy tied the destructive storms of 2011 and 2012 to climate change.

He says Connecticut rolled emissions back to 1990 levels in 2008, two years sooner than what was called for in goals set in an international agreement among New England governors and the Eastern Canadian Premiers in 2001.

Connecticut is part of a multistate effort to cut power plant emissions.

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