Our picks for the week of Aug. 8-14: 

• It sounds like mythology, but don't miss the true stories of nine children who were raised by animals.

• Natural gas is cleaner than coal and oil, helping make it the hottest fossil fuel in America lately. But a controversial drilling technique known as "fracking" has some wondering if a U.S. natural gas boom is worth the risks.

• A man of few vices admits to having a taste for gambling, but at least he's asking our MNN experts how he can gamble green. 

• Ted Stevens, a longtime Alaska senator, died in a plane crash this week. Frequent contributor Andrew Schenkel examines his vast environmental legacy. Another headline this week was the addition of Associate Justice Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. MNN asked: How green will she be? 

• Here's a tale of an unlikely environmentalist. Learn more about this U.S.-Iraqi citizen who is fighting to restore Iraq's Garden of Eden, a vast marshland destroyed by Saddam Hussein.

• A questions for pet owners: Is it safe to put my dog on a vegetarian diet?

• This week's Planet Pundit column poses an eco-conundrum: Why is that this winter's Snowpocalypse cast doubt on climate science but this summer's scorcher doesn't have the opposite effect? And be warned: Ken Edelstein is getting cranky.

• Speaking of cranky, have you put much thought to the coming apocalypse? We help you prepare for December 2012 with a gallery of the best places in the U.S. to wait out the apocalypse. 

• Before you run off to dig a bomb shelter, make time to visit Michigan's Mackinac Island, a green paradise for those who prefer to travel by bike or horse.

• Finally, let's check in with David Beckham and The Teen Choice Awards, which earns our vote as the greenest awards ceremony of the year.

Plus: Don't miss the week in photos, including an image of a gorgeous sunrise (see above) taken during Sweden's Fjallraven Classic.