Let's just ignore increases in medicine (and minor inventions such as air conditioning).
I did like this bit...
The number of deaths had fallen sharply because of better warning systems, improved flood defences and other measures. Poor countries remained most vulnerable.
Greenpeace attacked the International Policy Network, one of the Civil Society organisations, which is publishing the report in Britain.
\ufffdThe International Policy Network is known for being in the pay of the world\ufffds biggest oil company,\ufffd a spokesman said.