MNN week in review montage

Our picks for the week of Nov. 28 - Dec. 4: 

• Fall is quickly turning into winter outside our window, so we thought we'd give the season a nice send-off with this photo gallery of fall images from around the world — courtesy of MNN's local correspondents.

• One of our advice columnists explains how to encourage your family to embrace sustainable gift-giving. Plus, don't miss our 2010 holiday guide to green gifts.

• Never had a live tree before? Take the plunge this year with our handy guide to Christmas tree care and feeding. You'll be glad you did. 

Natalie Portman in 'Black Swan'• While were on the topic of giving, here's how to make your charitable donation count — by doing a little homework first.

• Don't let paper clutter get the best of you. The experts offer nine tips for keeping the paper monster at bay.

• If you're a fan of celebrity updates, we've created an easy way to keep up with the latest green news. (That's Natalie Portman in "Black Swan" at left.)

• 2011 will be the year of the electric car. Our auto blogger picks the cars most likely to succeed.

• Cape Verde: Off the radar for many travelers, these islands have unique landscapes from beaches to mountains.

• Time or money? Here are five situations when you won't have to make a choice.

Plus: Need a dose of cute today? Don't miss the month in animals and the week in photos. (Hint: A new panda cub was born this week.)