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 Switzerland Could Be The First Country to Ban Factory FarmingVessel Catches 900,000 Fish, Kills Them, and Dumps Them Back into the Gulf of MexicoThe Long-Lasting Effects of Deepwater HorizonShould Veterinarians Eat Meat?Labels Like “Organic” Are Misleading Consumers and Hurting Animals—How To Make Them Mean MoreOver 300 Dogs Rescued From an Illegal Dogfighting Operation in South Carolina’s Largest Bust7 Weird Ways Animals Cool OffTexas Officials Fire Animal Shelter Employees After Dozens of Illegal EuthanizationsGroup Seeks Release of 185 Autopsy Photos of Animals that Died During Experiments for Elon Musk’s NeuralinkCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom Signs Legislation to Protect Animal WelfarePuppy Mill Awareness Month: How to Take Meaningful Action Against Cruel Commercial Breeders, Why New UK Prime Minister Liz Truss Won’t Be Good for The Environment or Animals, and New Zealand to Ban Live Animal Sea Exports by April 2023.

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 California Becomes First to Ban Purchase of New Natural Gas Heaters and Furnaces by 2035Residents Sue German Government Over Toxic Air Pollution LevelsAmtrak Pledges Net-Zero Emissions by 2045Biden Administration Invests Over $2 Billion For “Climate Smart” FarmingNew Jersey Makes History Introducing Climate Change Curriculum into Public SchoolsMicroplastics Are Disrupting Metabolism of Lung and Liver Cells, New Study Finds, and Couple Called Climate Criminals After Dyeing 60-Foot Waterfall Blue For Baby’s Gender Reveal Party.

Here are the other top earth stories of the week:

3. Plant-Based Food News

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There was plenty of excitement this week in the world of plant-based food news, including Mayor Eric Adams Announces Expansion of Plant-Based Meals For Patients in NYC Public Hospitals and Gregorys Coffee Prioritizing Healthy Plant-Based Options.

4. Natural Health News

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This week in health news, we learned a lot about gut and digestive health, dental care, and UTIs in If You Struggle With Bloating, Try Making These Digestive Shots4 Oral Hygiene Tips That Will Change Your Life [Video]The Worst Foods to Eat If You’re Trying to Heal Your Gut [Video]Why Cranberry Juice Doesn’t Treat UTI’s Effectively and What You Should Use Instead [Video]Matcha Recipe That Helps With Bloating, and Blood Sugar Regulation [Video], and Try This Concoction to Keep Poor Digestion and Skin Issues Away [Video].

5. Human Interest Stories

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This week in human interest, we saw a couple of human interest petitions, including Petition: Demand Clemency For 15-Year-Old Who Killed Her Rapist and Is Now Ordered Pay His Family $150,000 and Petition: Tell Lawmakers to Address Water Crisis in Jackson and the Racism That Caused It.

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