Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Trees to firewood

From today's Al-Akhbar, an article on wood harvesting in the Bekaa. With fuel oil prices sky high, and unreliable and expensive electricity supply, many people have gone back to firewood for heating. This article says that 12,000 tons of wood originating from woods but also from orchards which are being abandoned by their owners and turned into cash. Orchards are being cut because the cost of production does not apparently is not justified by the profits: cherry, apricots, grapevines are disappearing; but also oak, juniper and pine.

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