Extreme Weather Events Are Killing Fewer People Than Ever Before

Russ Steele

While this Reason Foundation Study is good news, it should not be used as a reason to drop your guard and stop preparing for the next disaster, a hibernating sun.  During past Grand Minimums, millions died when agriculture failed.

The Reason Report:

The worldwide death rate from weather happenings has dropped over 98 percent since the 1920s

Despite concerns about global warming and a large increase in the number of reported storms and droughts, the world’s death rate from extreme weather events was lower from 2000 to 2010 than it has been in any decade since 1900, according to a new Reason Foundation study.

The Reason Foundation report chronicles the number of worldwide deaths caused by extreme weather events between 1900 and 2010 and finds global deaths caused by extreme weather events peaked in the decade running from 1920 to 1929, when there were 241 deaths a year per million people in the world. From 1930 to 1939 there were 208 deaths a year per million people. But from 2000 to 2010 there were just 5.4 deaths a year per million people in the world. That’s a 98 percent decline in the weather-related death rate since the 1920s. Extreme weather events were responsible for just .07% of the world’s deaths between 2000 and 2010.

The extreme weather categories studied in the Reason Foundation report include droughts, floods, wildfires, storms (hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, typhoons, etc.) and extreme temperatures, both hot and cold.

You can read the rest of the report and get a PDF copy of the study HERE.


Author: Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One thought on “Extreme Weather Events Are Killing Fewer People Than Ever Before”

  1. It’s axiomatic among disaster assistance and mitigation folk that the disaster you prepared for won’t be the one sneaks up and blindsides you. Survival’s a state of mind and one man’s disaster is the adventure of a lifetime for another. I used to know a man named Walter Yates, jumped out of the helicopter into a snowbank in the far north woods just before it crashed and burned. Nothing but the clothing on his back and pieces of helicopter. They gave up searching for him but he survived to walk out four months later. He summed it all up, “It’s all in your mind, survival.”

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