It turns out that the temperature rise from preindustrial levels due to global warming may also be a function of consumption. The dotted lines are curve fits to consumption of the minimum and mean projections of the Intergovernmentall Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The red line is a simple projection, where temperature rise is proportional to the cube of consumption.
Aside from the fact that pollution such as carbon emissions (causing the rise) is a large part of consumption, the temperature rise associated with the highest consumption, possibly making the world uninhabitable, is expected by climate scientists to be beyond the ability of many species, including our own, to adapt.
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