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And you can blame austerity, not resource scarcity: Greece's Economic Crisis Leads To Air Pollution, Study Finds (December 20 2013)
"People need to stay warm, but [they] face decreasing employment and rising fuel costs," explained Sioutas, senior author of the study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. "The problem is, economic hardship has compelled residents to burn low-quality fuel, such as wood and waste materials, that pollutes the air."

Since 2008 Greece's economy has shrunk by 23 percent and it has since been dependent on rescue loans from other European Union countries and the International Monetary Fund. Making matters worse, oil prices have almost tripled over the past few years due to tax hikes.

In response to energy costs, Greeks have been turning to wood as a fuel source to heat their homes, which impacts air quality.

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A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 22nd, 2014 at 04:44:02 PM EST
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