Deaths from Natural Disasters

A recent academic discussion has focused on trends in deaths in Australia from fires and whether climate change is to blame.  The original paper is posted here and here is Neville Nicholls’ response  .

Natural disasters generate a huge amount of media interest relative to more mundane events such as car crashes.  The NY Times provides some great data here about deaths from tornadoes.   My own research on disaster impacts has focused on the optimistic claim that economic development reduces disaster death risk.   To adapt to climate change, we need the world economy to grow.