Risk is nothing
new in the developing world. Consider vehicle accidents. The World Health Organization reports that 1.2 million people died from road traffic injuries in 2002; 90 percent of these deaths took place in low- and middle-income countries.1
Ethiopian car drivers face a risk of death eighty times higher than drivers in Japan.2
In these poor nations, the old transport modes of walking, bike riding, and motorcycles jostle for scarce road space with the booming number of cars. New drivers are not yet driving as well as Mario Andretti, and the cops are often not enforcing basic traffic laws. Climate change will amplify risk in the developing world because urbanites there will face extra risks from flooding, heat waves, ...