week in review images including Paul Ryan and volcano

• What would environmental policy look like under Paul Ryan? The U.S. vice presidential candidate is a self-proclaimed "avid outdoorsman," but his policies often draw avid opposition from environmental advocates.

 

• Volcanoes are one of nature's deadliest and fascinating phenomena. As a resulte, these explosive mountains are surprisingly popular with tourists. Here are seven unforgettable volcano destinations to consider.

 

• Some primates, such as chimpanzees, have complex facial expressions with many physical and functional similarities to humans. Take a peek at this memorable gallery of primates with expressive faces.

 

• Speaking of animals, one of the odd qualities about drug lords is their affinity for beautiful wild animals. In fact, they usually own a few creatures — if not a whole zoo's worth. We've compiled a photo gallery of animals that drug lords love.

 

political books by Obama, RomneyAmazon's new "Election Heat Map" uses data from book sales to reveal a widespread Republican streak among the company's American customers. Russell McLendon breaks down the numbers.

 

• The West Nile virus is in full swing this summer, and there's reason to be worried. Here's how to know if you're infected with the virus.

 

• This one qualifies for the most heartbreaking/odd news of the week: A legal fight is brewing in Alabama over a widower's decision to bury his wife in the front yard. 

 

• And this story ranks right up there on the odd index: the White House has been hit with a Freedom of Information Act request asking for the recipe to the Obama administration's privately brewed Honey Ale.

 

• Here in the U.S., we take over-the-top dental hygiene for granted, but that's not how it works elsewhere. This is how the rest of the world brushes their teeth.

 

• And finally, if you buy local, this story might appeal to you. What if you could also invest in a local business? That's the premise behind Smallknot, which links together local business needs with local dollars. 

 

Ryan's environmental record, volcanoes to visit and more in MNN's week in review
Politics was a highlight of this week's environmental roundup, but we also added a healthy dose of animals and animosity to the mix. Learn more about drug lords