Ron Bailey points out that you're rather less likely to be killed by weather if you're rich, or at least in a rich country. This is reason #793 why a decent rate of economic growth is in my holy trinity of political goods, along with liberty and stability.
By the way, I plan to interview Ron here on The Fly Bottle in anticipation of his new book, Liberation Biology“, which ought to be a humdinger. I think Ron may be the best science journalist working today. He is also very tall. You can pre-order on Amazon today!