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Tax On Heating Oil Turns Greek Skies Black With Wood Smoke

Thu, January 24, 2013 8:00pm

Story by Sylvia Poggioli

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Another new consequence of Greece's economic crisis is that the skies of Athens and other cities are filled with smoke due to the increase in the use of wood burning stoves. The cost of heating oil has gone up 40 percent — a tax increase imposed by the troika. The Greek Environment ministry has issued a warning that the increase in pollutants in the air is posing public health risk.

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