Our picks for the week of Nov. 1-7:

• What is a Lazarus species? It's an animal thought to be extinct but later found alive, sometimes hundreds of years later. Thumb through this gallery of amazing creatures.

The Road to Copenhagen: This is the first in a series of stories and interactives leading up to the global gathering in December. Part I is a smartly done primer on key dates that answer the question, how did we get here?

• MNN catches up with the A-list of environmentally proactive stars on the red carpet of the Environmental Media Awards.

• Swine flu is all over the headlines, and there's reason to be concerned. But MNN's columnist says the media is falling for scare tactics and outlandish headlines vs. simply reporting the news.

• How observant are you? This photo match game will be the true test, but be warned: It's hard to stop playing.

My eco-dating adventure: One of MNN's writers shares her experience in an English lavender field — a far cry from speed dating!

• The Oasis of the Seas is one gigantic cruise ship, but Royal Caribbean has added some environmentally sound systems that may slowly change this not-so-green industry.

2012: That's the new disaster flick starring John Cusack and boasting a green set of minds behind the camera.

• We like to end with an exclamation point, so here you go: A mayor in New Zealand — who also happens to be a DJ — riles up the airwaves by proposing to pay certain unsavory parents not to have children.

Plus: Don't forget to take our weekly visual tour of the global headlines.
MNN week in review 11/7/2009
The best original stories from Mother Nature Network for the week of Nov. 1-7.