"Religious zealots hardly have a monopoly on apocalyptic thinking. Consider some of the environmental cataclysms that so many experts promised were inevitable... Predictions of global famine and the end of oil in the 1970s proved just as wrong as end-of-the-world forecasts from millennialist priests. Yet there is no sign that experts are becoming more cautious about apocalyptic promises. If anything, the rhetoric has ramped up in recent years. Echoing the Mayan calendar folk, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved its Doomsday Clock one minute closer to midnight at the start of 2012, commenting: “The global community may be near a point of no return in efforts to prevent catastrophe from changes in Earth’s atmosphere.”
- "Apocalypse Not: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Worry About End Times," Wired Magazine, http://bit.ly/OrElL0
For further reading on the theology of tipping points see also, Stefan Skrimshire's work Future Ethics: Climate Change and Apocalyptic Imagination.