Greece’s forests are being decimated by illegal logging. It’s a growing problem, exacerbated by a tax increase on heating oil that has caused sales to plunge by around 80 percent.
Before the economic crisis, fireplaces in Greek living rooms were a status symbol. Today, though, fireplaces and ovens have become a necessity for many households. Just about anything that can be burned is used for fuel, including wood that’s been logged illegally. In larger cities, the smoke has also caused a spike in air pollution during the winter.