Forests, air quality suffer as crisis-hit Greeks burn wood for heat in midwinter

  • by: NICHOLAS PAPHITIS , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 24, 2013 - 2:40 AM

ATHENS, Greece - Fireplaces were long a status symbol for Greece's up-and-coming middle class, like the second car and the flat-screen TV. Now, they are increasingly their owners' only defense against the encroaching winter cold.

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