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Venezuela's trees suffer as firewood replaces scarce cooking gas

Aug 30, 2019, 04.50 PM (IST)
Jorge Arquiles for years started his day by turning on the stove of his small house in the Venezuelan city of Maracay. These days, his breakfast routine begins with a search for firewood in a national park just behind his home. Chronic shortages of natural gas in the country with the world's largest oil reserves now mean that cooking fuel is increasingly coming from trees.