MNN week in review montage

Our picks for the week of Aug. 7-13: 

• The sweet face above belongs to a rescued baby opossum that was rescued in West Virginia. That's just one story in our gallery of rescued animal babies. 

• If you're thinking about a second career, you might want to read this one: Steve Carse was an insurance guy — until he lost his job and became a popsicle maker. Now? He's the King of Pops.

• What's the difference between a locavore and a globavore? This week's infographic spells it out for you.

• David Wann, author of "The New Normal," says we as a society have come to a fork in the road and have some big decisions to make. Here's how he thinks we should live today.

heron at Chattahoochee River National Park• In case you haven't noticed, we've been park-obsessed this summer — national, state and local parks that make your area of the country special. Check out Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (just up the way from MNN headquarters, and pictured at right) or majestic Kenai Fjords in Alaska. Find your own special park here.

• Here's a guy — an architect, no less — who lives in a 78-square-foot apartment in New York. He says it's worth it to live close to the action in Manhattan. What do you think?

• Just like you and me, hundreds of thousands of homeless people own pets because of the companionship they offer. But sometimes it can be a struggle to care for them.  

• Ray Anderson was among the first corporate leaders to not just talk sustainability but make it the bottom line of his business. He passed away this week, leaving a legacy as green and inspirational as any in modern history.

• Global investment in solar is on the rise, but isn't cost still an issue? Here are five solar breakthroughs that can make solar power cheaper than coal. 

• We all contribute to the flow of garbage, and all the waste has to go somewhere. Here are six huge American landfills and the communities that are nearby.

Plus: Don't forget to check out the week in photos.