MNN week in review images

Our picks for the week of May 9-15: 

• Considering what's happening in the Gulf, this is a timely photo gallery. Here are seven places transformed by disaster.  

• Reese Halter is a conservation biologist who has recently starting writing animal essays for MNN. Read his first — why wolves are survivors — and you'll want to read the next installment.

• This week's Planet Pundit column dives into the Gulf oil spill, asking is this the oil industry's Three Mile Island?

bee and sunflower• Our car blogger spends seven days in a on-again, off-again affair with a Smart car. Curious how it worked out?

• Here's a dilemma any green-leaning shopper can understand: how to remember to bring those reusable shopping bags to the store.

• The green charter school movement has taken off. Find out what's fueling the revolution.

• Over-the-counter genetic testing kits — good idea or not? That was the question our family blogger asked earlier this week. Now Walgreens has postponed its sales plan.

• Coconut water entrepreneur: Rodrigo Veloso turns farmers' discards into a sought-after product.

What should you do if your cat has allergies? Here are some treatment solutions for pet owners.

PLUS: Don't miss the week in photos, which takes a visual tour of the Gulf oil spill but also offers insight into India's massive production of sunflower seeds (see photo above) — beautiful and interesting.