The data for this graphic is sourced from the Emergency Management Australia (EMA) online Disasters Database. www.ema.gov.au/ema/emaDisasters.nsf
Added 8 August, I have just heard of this 2006 report by Dr Indur M. Goklany of the US Dept of Interior, “Death and Death Rates Due to Extreme Weather Events: Global and U.S. Trends”, 1900-2004. See entries at the Roger Pielke Snr Blog.
Interesting that huge reductions in all categories of deaths are against a greatly increased population compared to pre WWII.
It is notable that for many years the mainstream media tell us “Global Warming” (GW) is increasing cyclone frequency & intensity, drought severity, heatwaves and anyone “in the street” would assume GW would also be increasing bushfire frequency / severity etc.
The impression from media reports is that cyclones are getting worse yet despite a vastly increased coastal population, deaths are way down. Sure, with satellite images, cyclone warnings are light years ahead of what was possible earlier. I know housing can be improved in cyclone prone regions now but is there a case that 100 years ago houses were all flimsy shacks ?
In the case of bushfires it must be true that firefighting and warnings have improved, yet against this our general increase in population plus the huge movement to fringe city bush blocks post 1960 must have placed vastly more people at risk. We should not be surprised if in a bushfire season sometime, circumstances move against fire fighters and circa 100 lives are lost. Imagine the media hysteria, global warming would be blamed. Whenever we see fires reported on TV we see housing in foolish places, nestling in bush etc.
Despite expanding use of air conditioning our increased population must mean that vulnerable groups still exist in great numbers.
Finally, who would have picked from these statistics that 2005 would have been Australia’s “hottest year ever”, that’s according to the BoM.