Thursday, September 08, 2005

Increasingly Extreme Weather?


Just hype by the media trying to push an extremist environmental agenda. This chart from the Commons blog shows that total fatalities as well as death rates due to "weather-related extreme events" are on century-old down trend. Thanks to our technology and economic growth, we're better protected than ever from the vissitudes of Mother Nature.


Emily Curtis said...

So what happened in 1920? and aren't you concerned that there is no where to go but back up again? It looks to me that if these graphs are on a cycle we're in trouble.

J. Willard Curtis said...

I think the data before 1930 is under-reported / suspect. I imagine that there wasn't very thorough collection of statistics back in the days when telephones and cars were rare, especially compared to todays numbers.