One of the lead authors of the UN climate report refused to sign it. It failed, he said, to “accurately account for human ingenuity.”
There are a lot of concepts that are widely used today that make little or no rational sense. The notion of sustainability – a notion intimately intertwined in the climate change discussion – is one such concept. Humans make things better today than we once did. We make things better in every sense of the word better: using less resources, more durable, more feature-iffic. London is no longer thick with the smog of coal being burned in every household, nor do the streets of Western cities have sewage running through the gutters. Human ingenuity is the reason.
So dire predictions about the future are wrong. Here’s an example of technology that was certainly not accounted for in the UN’s predictions – industrialized forest production.