Progress and Catastrophe

I wrote a while back about Ronald Wright’s fascinating and frightening book, A Short History of Progress. I am somewhat reminded of it by this post at the Internet Monk’s site. A sample:

“It seems that traditional Christian eschatology, especially the post-millennial variety, has to assume some kind of uniformity and to reject the worst case scenarios of catastrophe. Catastrophe’s of the world-ending type don’t do well on the eschatology charts of most Christians.”

This maybe the case, but what are the implications? Does the fact that Christian eschatology renders some horrible end to human civilization (and not as a prelude to Jesus coming back or something) just inconceivable cause Christians to wave aside concerns such as global warming or even the wise use of our non-renewable resources?