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Polish Households Burn Trash To Stay Warm As Sanctions On Russia Backfire Poland temporarily suspended air quality controls so people can burn coal for heating homes through next April to ease the worst energy crisis in a generation.

It's scary to think what happens when it really gets cold,” Mroczkowska said, a resident of Warsaw, the capital city.

Winter is quickly approaching as temperatures slide across the Central European country.  .

indicating the heating season is underway.  And this is how bad things are in Poland — thanks to the Russian invasion of Ukraine disrupting energy markets and backfiring of Western sanctions against Moscow:  Last month, Law & Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the country's most powerful politician, suggested people do whatever it takes to keep warm.

He told supporters at a rally in Nowy Targ, southern Poland, that “one needs to burn almost everything, except for tires and similarly harmful things.” — Bloomberg  Some municipalities in the country have rolled back environmental restrictions for this winter and beyond.

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