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Pollution alarm as Greeks switch to firewood for heat

Greek authorities on Monday offered free electricity to low-income families on certain days, after smog rose sharply as hard-hit residents increasingly shun fuel for cheaper firewood to heat their homes. The health ministry said it had finalised a plan originally announced in November that offers free power to poorer households when smog exceeds safety levels. The move came after another weekend of extensive wood-burning that choked skies in Athens and other main cities.

West Fraser Timber swing to Q1 profit of $67M; revenue rises to $863M

VANCOUVER - West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSX:WFT) swung to a profit in the first quarter as the forestry company reported improved lumber prices. The company said Thursday it earned $67 million or $1.57 per share on sales of $863 million in the first quarter of 2013. That compared with a loss of $19 million or 45 cents per share on revenue of $681 million. West Fraser said its lumber operations generated operating earnings of $122 million and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization or EBITDA of $146 million in the quarter.

Greeks forgo winter heating after jump in fuel tax

* Tax hike sends heating oil demand plunging 70 pct * Families burn firewood, old furniture to stay warm * Illegal logging on the rise, smog appears over Athens By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Greek cleaner Eleni Daneel's family spends evenings in their Athens home bundled up in coats after a steep rise in fuel prices made heating their apartment an unaffordable luxury this winter.
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