Article published on the 2008-10-24 Latest update 2008-10-25 14:29 TU
The governments in rich countries are pledging, sometimes even actually paying, a total of nearly a trillion dollars to help out banks and finance companies.
These are the bodies that fomented the latest crisis in a world economic system where finance capital dominates all else. But in a different sphere, worse is in store.
Ecological damage costs the world two trillion to five trillion dollars per year, according to estimates in a preliminary report from a European Union-sponsored group of economists.
Their calculation attempts to put a value on the services, such as absorbing carbon dioxide and nitrogen fixation, that natural systems like forests provide for humans.