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Hungary uses old fashioned energy to protect its future

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May 14, 2014
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In southern Hungary, the city of Pecs is successfully providing heating for half of its 150,000 inhabitants using old fashioned methods of burning wood and hay, helping both the local economy and the environment. Duration: 02:29 Video provided by AFP


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