One of my favorite countries that I have visited is Greece. The antiquities are breathtaking. The people are hospitable, and the food is amazing. It was more than a decade ago that I was there, but it is still a favorite travel memory. So it is with pain I read the following:
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 01/14/2013 – 13:31
Tens of thousands of trees have disappeared from parks and woodlands this winter across Greece, authorities said, in a worsening problem that has had tragic consequences as the crisis-hit country’s impoverished residents, too broke to pay for electricity or fuel, turn to fireplaces and wood stoves for heat. Such woodcutting was last common in Greece during Germany’s brutal occupation in the 1940s, underscoring how five years of recession and waves of austerity measures have spawned drastic measures. “The average Greek will throw anything into the fireplace that can be burned, ranging from old furniture with lacquer, to old books with ink, in order to get warm,” said Stefanos Sapatakis, an environmental-health officer at the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention.