Perhaps! Environmental changes related to economic development may affect the potential for disasters. Deforestation may increase the potential for soil erosion and landslides (on hillsides). Global warming may increase the propensity for extreme weath
er events. Industrialization without controls may increase the risk for technological disasters (I.e. Bhopal). Population growth and urbanization may increase the number of individuals at risk should a disaster strike.
The answer to this question, though, is not clear. There is a large debate about our role in creating more disasters.