Criminal Complaints of Illegal Wood Cutting in Greece in 2011

Environmental officials in Greece filed 1,500 criminal complaints of illegal logging in 2011, double the amount of cases that was investigated in 2010.

Authorities attributed the rise in illegal logging in part to an increase in heating oil prices, which lead to people cutting down wood for fuel.

Source:  AFP, “Greeks ‘fell trees for warmth’ amid economic chill,” Google News, January 25, 2012.