Each Friday, One Green Planet brings you the week’s top news. For those who don’t have a lot of time to look through the news each day, this is will be a great resource and an easy way to catch up! Here you’ll find different categories of news, a synopsis of the top stories, and links to each article published during the week.

1. Animal Rights and Welfare News

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As always we had a ton of news to cover in the world of animal rights and welfare. This week we saw happy and hopeful stories, as well as some grim and depressing ones. Some of the more notable stories included Do Animals Dream? New Book Explores The World of Animal ConsciousnessScientific Institute Receives Major Backlash After Classifying Domestic Cats as ‘Invasive Alien Species’South Carolina County Encourages Citizens to Kill Beavers and Bring in Their Front Paws for CompensationIranian Authorities Slaughter Over 1700 Dogs in Shelter Amid Ban on Pet OwnershipTokyo Company Creates Wearable Fans for Pets Amid Record HeatKiller Whale Nakai Died From an Infection at SeaWorld After Nearly 20 Years of CaptivityZac Efron and Kodiak Cakes Under Fire After Using Real Life Bear in Advertisement VideoStray: A New Video Game That Helps Real-Life Stray CatsThis Lawyer Has Dedicated His Career to Saving Dogs Ordered to be EuthanizedFin Whales Dying in Agony After Being Harpooned With Multiple GrenadesNearly 150 Roosters Euthanized After Police Shut Down Cockfighting EventPig Little Lies: World’s First Reality TV Series Starring Pigs!, Rescue Throws First Birthday Party for Rescued Research Beagles, and Over 800 Participants Gather in the Everglades to Kill Invasive Burmese Pythons.

Here are the other important animal stories of the week:

2. Earth and Environmental News

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There were numerous stories about the environment this week which gave us hope for the future and reminded us how far we still have to go. Some of the more memorable stories included Drought in Mexico Leads to Dry Water Taps, Water Rationing, and Water TheftThe UN Warns Two Largest Water Reservoirs in United States ‘Dangerously Low’Experts Warn Against Using Air Conditioners Because They Are Horrible For the EnvironmentNevada Ditches Grass to Save Water Amid Climate Change, and Drought in California Causing Water Systems to Become Too Salty.

Here are the other top earth stories of the week:

3. Plant-Based Food News

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There was plenty of excitement and disappointment this week in the world of plant-based food news, including Lizzo Makes Her Way Through 10 Spicy Vegan Wings on Hot OnesA Vegan Woman Was Tricked into Eating Meat by Boyfriend’s Family, Guess What She Did?KFC Launches New Plant-Based Popcorn ChickenUNLIMEAT Creates Plant-Based Deli Slices That Don’t Dry Out!, Vegan Receives One Small Water Bottle After Requesting Plant-Based Meal on Long Flight, and Whole Foods CEO Retiring and Planning to Open Plant-Based Restaurants and Wellness Centers.

4. Natural Health News

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This week in natural health news, we learned more about the detrimental effects of consuming flesh in Chemicals Produced in Our Gut After Eating Red Meat Could Explain Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, New Study Finds.

5. Human Interest Stories

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This week in human interest, we saw how our environmental crisis is affecting human health in Climate Change Linked to Worsening Infectious Diseases in Humans, New Study Finds.

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