Media Digest: 1 July

Third Sector's pick of the top news stories from today's papers and news feeds, from climate change and dog fighting to the gentle approach to legacy fundraising.

Prepare for climate change disasters, says NGO
Save the Children has said more action is needed to prepare for the consequences of climate change-related disasters. The charity's Face of Disaster report reveals that donations need to increase by 10 per cent.

Animal charity reveals dramatic rise in dog fighting
An animal charity has warned of an increase in dog fighting in Scotland. The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also claims there is a link between the activity and drug dealing.

Friends of the Earth praises new green energy planning
Friends of the Earth has congratulated Britain for "moving out of the slow lane" in its approach to green energy planning. The reaction comes after the Government announced plans to ensure the UK meets European targets for generating 15 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Cancer charities accuse NHS of discrimination
Cancer charities have criticised the Scottish NHS for denying patients free treatment if they choose to pay for drugs. Bowel Cancer UK spokesman Ian Beaumont said that so-called "co-payments" - currently banned in Scotland - should be allowed.

Research shows gentle approach works best for donors
Research by the TDA research consortium has shown that direct mail campaigns using a gentle tone are more likely to convince people to include a charity in their will. Direct references to death are considered alienating, while playful phrases such as "when you kick the bucket" are received positively.

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