This afternoon, the horse racing calendar’s most popular event, the Grand National, takes places at Aintree. While millions use it as an opportunity to have their annual flutter, the event has received criticism from campaigners over animal welfare.
Since 2000, 11 horses have died after either falling at a fence or collapsing while running. Just this week, a horse suffered a fatal heart attack in a race on the opening day of the Aintree Festival.
And while the sport is always likely to draw controversy from animal rights groups, its appeal from a gambling perspective remains sky high.
As well as taking bets on the gee-gees, though, bookmaker Paddy Power has also created a slightly longer term market for climate change.
The first bet available revolves around whether or not 2013 will be warmest year on record. Climate News Network reports that the odds of winning this bet are 7/2 – meaning if you put £2 on, you get £7 back.
The second pot looks to entice punters with “the 2013 global average temperature anomaly”, which sees people bet on how much higher the average global temperature will be this year compared to the mid-20th century average.
Last year, we reported on how November 2012 was the 333rd consecutive month in which global temperatures were above the 20th century average, which might help you determine your wager.
Climate News Network also outlines how two Russian physicists, who were sceptical about climate change, bet $10,000 back in 2005 on the planet cooling down by 2015. Research says that temperatures have risen by 0.6 degrees from 1950 and will go on rising, so the pair are likely to be out of pocket in two years’ time.
But as is often widely reported, gambling can cause serious social problems. It can lead to addiction, with gambling addicts sometimes isolating themselves from the rest of society as a result, and it can even lead to suicide in some extreme cases.
That’s why ethical investors regard it as one of the so-called ‘sextet of sin’ – the six stocks that more enlightened investment strategies will historically tend to exclude, along with alcohol (brewing firm John Smith’s is the Grand National’s main sponsor), tobacco, pornography, armaments and nuclear power.
Like our Facebook Page
Can You Use Your PC In an Eco-Friendly Manner?
How Pain Management Hurts the Environment, and What You Can Do to Help
4 Countries That Have Banned Single-Use Plastic
What Is Your Carbon Footprint and How Can You Reduce it?
How Business Leaders Can Positively Impact Water Scarcity
Plant-Based Protein Coffee is Eco-Friendly & Healthy
Eco-Friendly Restaurants That Are Bringing the Outside Inside
5 Environmental Benefits of Custom Manufacturing
How to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Office
Benefits of Starting an Eco-Friendly eCommerce Business
Brian Sheth and Sheth Sangreal Foundation Donate $15 Million to Global Wildlife Conservation
Eco-Friendly Gardeners Can Make Compost from Organic Waste
8 Great Tips to Find an Eco-Conscious Moving Company
Can Employers Help the Planet with Work from Home Policies?
Creating a Green Basement Environment for a Healthier Home
Switching to an Electric Car to Help the Environment? Here’s How to Find the Cheapest Insurance
More People Are Practicing Eco-Conscious Lawn-Care
Choosing the Best Air Filter as Pollution Levels Worsen
9 Tips to Write Stellar Papers as an Environmental Science Major
Why You Need to Know These Hard Facts About Ethical Investing
- Energy3 months ago
How To Choose the Right Solar Inverter for Your Home?
- Energy3 months ago
How to Choose the Best Solar Panel for Your Home
- Environment10 months ago
Importance of Using a Water Purifier in an Area with High Pollution
- Environment3 months ago
Reduce Industry Footprints with Sustainable Material Swaps