Despite traffic, Miami/Fort Lauderdale is Florida's least-polluting area

The highways of Miami and Fort Lauderdale may be jammed with gas-guzzling SUVs, but when it comes to global-warming emissions, South Florida is still greener than the state's other big metropolitan areas.

That's one surprising finding in a new ranking of the so-called ''carbon footprint'' of the nation's 100 largest metro areas released Thursday by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

The report ranked the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach area No. 26 overall nationwide at 2.156 tons of carbon gas generated annually per person, with No. 1, Honolulu, having the smallest carbon footprint.

Jacksonville and the Sarasota-Bradenton area were the worst of the seven Florida cities listed, sitting at Nos. 80 and 82, producing nearly three tons per person. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, at No. 47, was the only other Florida area to do better than the national median.

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