MNN week in review montage

Our picks for the week of June 19-25: 

• The Edge is best known as the talented guitarist for U2, but he's known in Malibu, Calif., as the guy who wants to build five eco-mansion on an environmentally sensitive hillside. 

• Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook is just one element of our food-focused green book roundup. She's sharing some sweet family recipes while Ben Hewitt digs into food safety. This week's books offer a range of insights, ideas and inspiration for transforming our relationship with food.

• Our family blogger shares how her opinions about childhood vaccinations have changed over the last decade. Come join the conversation. 

fail whale• Whales have enchanted humans ever since we first set out to sea, with early mariners often mistaking them for sea monsters. Here are 10 whales that stand out in history. 

• Here's a question we've all been asking this week: how can I maintain my appearance in 100-degree heat? Matt Hickman offers some helpful solutions.

Rare earth metals: They're crucial to hybrid cars, wind turbines and many other green-tech innovations, but these elusive metals also have an environmental dark side.

• Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah and U.S. ambassador to China, is running for president. Here's what you need to know about his environmental record.

• Beachcombers, walkers, foodies, architecture buffs and shoppers will find plenty to do in this week's destination: Barcelona. 

• Let's take a walk into the garden to find 10 amazing healing plants you can find in your backyard.

• And finally, there are plenty of ancient cities worth mention, but here are 12 of the oldest continuously inhabited cities. Enjoy

Plus: Don't forget to check out the week in photos, including the cool yoga gathering in Times Square, below.

yoga in Times Square

MNN's week in review: U2 guitarist's eco-dreams dashed, and Gwyneth Paltrow's pot-stirring celebration
This week's best bets from Mother Nature Network for the week of June 19-25, 2011.