Today on Planet 100: Gambling for Good (Video)
Today, on Planet 100, the Oregon Lottery offers a stimulus to green industry, nearly half the population of Bangladesh is exposed to toxic levels of arsenic, and a new study suggests oversonsumption of red meat could spark early onset of puberty for girls.Gambling for Good
Feeling guilty about your gambling habit? Why not consider a move to green city of Oregon where even gambling is for the greater good. The latest round of Oregon Lottery ads spread the message that whether you win or lose it's still good for the planet as the lottery invests in small business and green innovation. The state-run promotion touts its support for education, economic development and natural resources and has raised over $7 billion since it started in 1985.
While the official tagline reads "Oregon Lottery—It Does Good Things," we think "Lose your shirt and save the planet" has a better ring to it.
In what's being called the "largest mass poisoning in history," 77 million Bangladeshis—almost half the population—are being exposed to dangerous levels of arsenic through contaminated drinking water.
A ten year study by the Lancet revealed that more than twenty percent of deaths in the study population of 12,000 Bangladeshis can be attributed to arsenic poisoning. It's the tragic unintended consequence of humanitarian efforts to alleviate disease by building many deep tube wells to produce drinking water.
Arsenic poisoning is known for causing cancer and detrimental long term effects on organs such as the liver, skin, kidney and the cardiovascular system.
We all know that too much red meat is not a good thing but a new study from the University of Brighton shows that overconsumption of red meat brings on early puberty in girls. Girls who ate 12 or more servings of meat each week in childhood started their periods by age twelve and a half and that girls who go through puberty early are at greater risk for breast cancer.