What makes this kind of prediction a bit more reliable than previous end of world scenarios. Well, we're actually, really reaching the limits of the biosphere for the first time in human history. We have operated with a frontier mentality for so long that we actually believe the planet is a limitless frontier instead of a round ball enclosed by an atmosphere that is like a true boundary. Use up all the non-renewable resources,that took millions of years to produce, in less than 50,000 years, and most aggressively in less than 5,000 years, and exponentially grow the population and you can see that we are actually reaching the upper limits of what the planet can sustain. You can not expect good things to happen when you treat a limited environment like an unlimited one. Let me use a basic logic problem to illustrate my point:
Let's say you have a container filled with a certain amount of water that constantly renews itself. An organism comes long an sustains itself by consuming the water. Luckily the consumption of the water at a certain level does not break the renewal process. So, to begin with, the new organism consumes and discovers there is plenty left over but never studies the closed system because the organism is NOT LARGE ENOUGH to see that system is actually closed and has a limit. So the organism consumes and expands AS IF the system expands with it or has no limits. But in truth, there is an optimum point when consumption will actually damage the renewal point and essentially break the system. That's humanities path at the moment. And if people, generally, are more worried about the future, globally speaking, I would argue that people quietly, in some deep subconscious recess, are generally realizing that we are hitting the limits of the system, especially the non-renewable energy limits. And more to the point, deep down, these same people know that truly renewable resources cannot ever REPLACE the lifestyle created by the non-renewable sources, much in the same way people considering divorce know that they will take a lifestyle hit if they have to go live on one income or have to start earning enough to maintain separate residences.
In the end, the Uranus/Pluto square is not about a new invention to "keep the status quo" but a globally enforced behavior change that we could consciously choose, but most likely will not. Greed, short sightedness, and an unwillingness to manage human population will lead to the mother of all bubble bursts. I know this is not uplifting stuff and truthfully, I just wanted to get it out. And let me tell you, I would be more than happy to somehow be "proven wrong," but I bet the horses I see and watch run. What I see is massive debt and insolvency that can only come with fiat currency and interest rates because we went off a natural resource standard (gold, which would have forced us to live within a certain limit), accelerated consumption of non-renewable resources, continuing population growth until outside pressure exerts enough force (via starvation, disease, war between heavily military nations for remaining non-renewable resources, unnatural disasters involving the pursuit of non-renewable resources) to reign it in.
Will the world actually end, no. Will humanity, as a whole, have to cut back, as in the number of human beings on the planet, yes. That will not be fun and it will be the end of the world for a lot people; their end. It will be messy for the world, painfully so. But deep down, I don't think we have to go the unthinking route, the denial, pretend it won't happen route. I think we can make conscious choices to make a better future, I just think its going to take the rough and tumble, dark side of Uranus/Pluto to get us woken up on a large enough scale to make the necessary changes.