Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bulgaria and Poland Lead Europe on Air Pollution

According to the New York Times, Bulgaria and Poland are leading Europe in air pollution.  Bulgaria is highly industrialized, so it is not a particular surprise.  Poland, also heavily industrialized also uses tremendous amounts of domestic coal for energy.
Photo by Bob Brinkmann.

What is interesting about the article is that it notes that Bulgaria's air pollution is in part driven by the high use of wood for fuel.  Many people in Bulgaria cannot afford more expensive energy sources.  

As population increases concomitant with energy costs, it is likely that forests will be under threat from domestic consumption.

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