Disaster and death

An interesting new graph from Bjorn Lomborg today…

“This graph shows the number of dead per year (averaged over decades) from the most respected global database, the International Disaster Database.”


Why the dip early on, in the Edwardian period? No-one really knows, apparently. Perhaps those long golden summers before the First World War were not wholly conjured from wistful remembrance, after 1919? The huge blue spike is presumably an aggregated combination of weather related death (frostbite, famine etc) in the First World War and its lingering Russian aftermath, and then in the 1930s the weather related deaths at the start of the Great Depression and under the various socialist mass-starvation campaigns?