#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, January 20th, 2014 11:18
#2 By: Diana John, January 20th, 2014 11:29
There's something troubling about that headline to me. I think we're attributing causation to something that covaries with behaviour, and the behaviour is the real driver of the difference in lightning death between developed and developing nations.
If you look at the majority of US lightning deaths in the past, they were people working outdoors in agriculture. Nowadays they have ROPS if it is mechanized, and crew chiefs with liability concerns if it is not.
#3 By: Diana John, January 20th, 2014 12:01
And somehow the whole text that now is on the post was not visible to me, and I see that this has all been addressed.
#4 By: Cary, January 20th, 2014 12:08
Denizens of developed countries are less likely to believe in lightning-bolt-wielding deities and thus are not subject to their wrath?
#5 By: Klaus Duus, January 20th, 2014 17:53
Well, looking in the other hand, Brazil is 05th place on countries with incidence of lighting storms. That raises the probability of getting hit.
Add to that the fact being a tropical country, there`s more people outside.
I do agree at some point that industrial ways to do agricultural/outdoors jobs could minimize the number of cases, however lightnings are not hitting farms only. Aprox. 1 week later the death mentioned on BB`s article, a tree busted into flames after getting hit.
#6 By: Klaus Duus, January 20th, 2014 17:55
And it was not as mentioned in the Bible, although it
s a good explanation for the books passage...
#7 By: William_Holz, January 20th, 2014 18:38
Avoiding getting struck by lightning is an excellent reason to choose to live somewhere else. I'm getting tired of hearing about entire families getting killed by errant lightning strikes.
#8 By: Tennessee Waltz, January 20th, 2014 23:01
Avoid lightning strikes by living in developed countries?
Alas, all those silly golfer's who mistakenly thought they were insulated playing in developed urban sprawls. Tut Tut.
#9 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, January 25th, 2014 11:18
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