The Best Way To Reduce Natural Disaster Casualties

Dr. Eamonn Butler has a nice post at the Adam Smith Institute Blog that anticipates claims that we can expect more natural disasters because of Global Warming, and should get onboard with the Kyoto Protocol.

Money quote:

The real lesson is that we have to make the world richer. Because richer people can stand up to natural disasters better than poorer ones. We need trade, markets, peace, democracy, low taxes — all the things that will deliver growth fast to the developing world. That is the way to save lives. Real lives that are being lost right now. Quite frankly, that will do more for the planet than the theoretical and far-off benefits of Kyoto.

Seems right to me.

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