The financial crisis is swarming media and minds across the planet. The immense scale and impact of this crisis is widely comprehensive to many people, as it tends to hit where it hurts, and do so with an unprecedented immediacy.

However, an EU-commisioned study offers a comparison between the current financial crisis and the ecological crisis. It is painfully clear that the ecological crisis tips the scales in terms of cost and impact.

Led by a Deutsche Bank economist, the study puts the annual cost of forest loss at between $2 trillion and $5 trillion. A figure that is "… not only greater but it's also continuous, it's been happening every year, year after year,"

If the economic crisis can accomplish anything, it will assist in broadening people's perspective and turning attention towards the real value and impact of the much larger, and ongoing, ecological crisis.


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