Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Convinced catastrophic global warming is an imminent reality? Want to make some fast money based on your belief? Australian bookmaker Sportsbet.com.au is willing to take your money, to place a bet on which Australian beach will be the first to “disappear” due to rising sea levels.
According to The Telegraph;
Australian bookmaker takes bets on first beaches to ‘disappear’ due to global warming
Betting agency Sportsbet.com.au says rising seas are threatening the nation’s beaches and invited bets on the first to go, with Palm Cove in Queensland at 4-1 favourite.
Sportsbet.com.au, an Australian betting agency, listed Palm Cove, a tropical beach in northern Queensland, as 4-1 favourite to be the first to disappear because of rising sea levels, followed by Whitehaven beach at 5-1, Darwin’s Mindil Beach at 6-1 and Noosa and Byron Bay, which have odds of $AUS7.50.
Well-known beaches in Sydney such as Palm Beach – famous for its role as Summer Bay in Home and Away – and the popular tourist destinations of Manly and Bondi were paying much longer odds of $AUS19 (£9), $21 (£10) and $21 (£10) respectively.
The agency said Nasa’s “gloomy prediction” that sea levels will rise much faster than previously thought had left Australian beaches in a perilous position.
There is no news as yet on whether Sportsbet will take bets on other alarmist favourites, such as predicting the “end of snow“, or an ice free arctic, but if enough people show an interest, I’m sure some bookmaking agency will consider adding these prophesied events to their list of available wagers.
And who knows – if you lose enough money, when sea level fails to rise as predicted, maybe you could sue NASA to get your money back.
IMPORTANT: online gambling is illegal in some jurisdictions – please ensure you are fully aware of applicable laws, before placing a bet