12 comfort dogs dispatched to grief-stricken Orlando

June 15, 2016 by  
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After hearing about the Orlando shooting that claimed 49 lives, one ministry of the Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) rounded up a gang of furry, fluffy members to help. The LLC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry sends trained comfort dogs around the country to help with the healing process, and 12 of their canines arrived in Orlando earlier this week. LLC President Tom Hetzner said the ministry tries to respond 24 hours after they are invited. After putting out a call, 12 dogs from seven states across America were dispatched to Orlando. The first 11 arrived on Monday, and the final dog arrived on Tuesday. Related: Shelter Buddies helps kids volunteer to read to shelter dogs Right away the dogs started providing comfort. In the airport, they brought smiles as people paused to see them. The dogs were present at a vigil attended by more than 7,000 people, and LLC estimates they’ve interacted with hundreds of people so far, from first responders to Pulse staff to the victims’ families. Hetzner said the dogs will be there to help the entire community as they work through the ordeal. He said when people interact with the dogs, their blood pressure lowers and they’re able to relax and get to a space where they feel comfortable opening up about their experience. Hetzner told The Dodo , “Some people just want to lay on the ground with them and talk. The dogs are like a bridge for people to talk about what’s bothering them. The dogs are confidential, they’re good listeners, and they’re nonjudgmental. And talking about things is one of the most important ways to heal.” The dogs will stay in Orlando for at least a week, and will stay longer if they need to. If you’d like to help, you can donate to the LLC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund . Via My Modern Met and The Dodo Images via Ruthie Comfort Dog’s Facebook

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South Korea considers shutting down aging coal-fired power plants

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South Korea is considering a plan to shut down aging coal-fired power plants in an attempt to address air pollution and fine dust emissions. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy is drafting the initiative which could see the oldest and most polluting plants phased out. According to Korea Times, out of 53 coal-fired power plants in the country, 11 are over 30-years-old and three have been in operation for more than 40 years. “The government has decided to close down aged coal-powered power plants accused of air pollution and fine dust emissions,” South Korea’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Joo Hyung-Hwan said in his keynote speech at the Future Energy Forum in Seoul. He said that natural gas facilities would generate more electricity to avoid any possible electricity shortages. Related: South Korea races to create the world’s first carbon-free island While the South Korean government blames China for up to half of the fine dust floating in the air over the Korean Peninsula, Greenpeace says that 50 to 70 percent of particle-laden smog (PM2.5) comes from South Korea’s coal-fired power plants. South Korea scrapped plans for four new coal-fired power plants as part of its commitment to the Paris climate agreement signed by nearly 200 nations this past December. However, 20 new plants are still planned by 2021. Via Climate Action News Images via Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia

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