Vietnamese capital Hanoi asks people not to eat dog meat

The Hanoi People's Committee said the practice could tarnish the city's image as a "civilised and modern capital".
The city office added that consuming the meat could lead to the spread of diseases like rabies and leptospirosis.
Over 1,000 stores in Hanoi still sell dog and cat meat.
The committee also urged residents to stop eating cat meat, which is less popular but still available. It highlighted the fact that many of the animals were cruelly killed.
There are an estimated 490,000 dogs and cats in Hanoi - the majority of which are pets.

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Hurricane Florence Nears Carolinas as 1 Million-Plus Ordered to Evacuate

More than 1 million people along the Carolina coast fled toward higher ground on Monday in a mass evacuation ordered three days before the expected arrival of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm and the most powerful to menace the region in nearly three decades.
With maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph), Florence was due to grow even stronger before making landfall on Thursday, mostly likely in southeastern North Carolina near the South Carolina border, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

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Plastic Waste Set to Beat Price as UK Shoppers' Top Concern – Study

The number one issue for British shoppers in the next decade will be to reduce packaging and use more recyclable materials, according to new research.
For perhaps the first time, the public puts environmental considerations around plastic waste above the price of goods when shopping.
The research, carried out by ThoughtWorks, found that 62% of the 2,000 people surveyed were concerned with the need to reduce plastic packaging and use materials which were recyclable, while 57% said price would be a main driver for their purchases in the next 10 years.

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Rise for Climate: Protesters Take to Streets across the Planet to Demand Action on Environment

In Sydney, Australia, they sailed a ship along the harbour flying banners with their message. In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, youth groups organised flash mobs to raise awareness. And in Durham, here in the UK, activists locked themselves onto mining machinery in a bid to close a pit for the day.
Hundreds of thousands of climate change protestors are gathering at some 850 events across 90 countries – and seven continents – in what is one of the biggest ever days of global action highlighting the issue.

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Shetland Pony Put Down after Being Stabbed and Slashed in Sunderland

A Shetland pony had to be put down after being stabbed and slashed numerous times in what the RSPCA says was a deliberate attack.
The pony, Murphy, was in "an awful state" and "very distressed, as you'd expect", said RSPCA inspector Terri Ann Fannon.
Emergency services called the animal welfare group to Downhill Road Allotments in Sunderland at about 1am on Friday following a suspected arson attack in which another horse died.
Murphy had "numerous slash and stab injuries all over his body", Ms Fannon said.

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More Adults Believe Climate Change is Immediate Problem - Statistics

Six in 10 adults (61%) in 2017 said they view it as an immediate issue, an increase of 6% in one year and up by a third since 2013.
Young people appear to be particularly concerned about global warming, while worry is lowest among those in the 75-plus age group.
The proportion of 16-24 year olds who view climate change as an immediate problem increased by more than half between 2013 and 2017, from 38% to 58%, the largest increase of any age group.

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Scores of Dead Elephants Found in Botswana ‘Poaching Frenzy

Others appeared to have been freshly killed, partly covered by bushes in an attempt to hide them from view. The tusks of 87 animals, which were counted during aerial surveys over the past few months in Botswana, had been chopped off — evidence of what conservationists are calling one of the biggest slaughters in recent years.

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UN Begins Talks on Treaty to Protect Imperiled High Seas

United Nations member states on Tuesday kick off long-awaited talks on a 2020 treaty that would regulate the high seas, which cover half the planet yet lack adequate environmental protection.
Four sessions of talks, each lasting two weeks, are planned to take place over two years, with the goal of protecting marine biodiversity and avoiding further pillaging of the oceans.

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London's Parks Accused of 'Creeping Privatisation' of Public Spaces

Access to parks across London is being increasingly restricted by corporate events such as music festivals, a researcher has found, linking it to “creeping privatisation” of public space.
Findings presented at the Royal Geographical Society’s annual conference on Friday show that, more than ever before, London parks are being rented out to private companies as councils seek to boost revenue to fund key services.

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Pope Calls for Action on ‘Emergency’ of Plastics Littering Oceans

In a message focusing on the “precious element” of water, Pope Francis has called for urgent action to combat the “emergency” of plastics littering seas and oceans.
He lamented the lack of effective regulation to protect the world’s waters while also drawing attention to the perilous ocean crossings made by migrants around the world.
To mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Francis issued a statement intended to galvanise the global community into saving the “impressive and marvellous,” God-given gift of the “great waters and all they contain.” 

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