The study by the nonprofit Acadia Center indicates that carbon dioxide emissions from Connecticut sources rose by about 4.4 percent over 2013 and 2014. The previous eight years had seen repeated declines in the state’s CO2 emissions.

Officials at the Acadia Center, which has been tracking this region’s energy conservation efforts and air pollution for more than 15 years, said the CO2 pollution increase appears to be linked to transportation sources. They warned this trend could put Connecticut’s air pollution goals in jeopardy if it continues, and called for more aggressive state efforts toward alternative energy sources and conservation.

“This new, sustained upward trend in Connecticut’s greenhouse gas emissions is a cause for concern,” said Daniel L. Sosland, Acadia Center president. “We cannot afford to backslide any further.”……. (see article for more)