She asks the little girl 3 questions about her life. Her answers are pretty devastating.

Journalist Chai Jing made a documentary that has been viewed over 150 million times in China.

In the U.S., the documentary is only just starting to get attention.

It's about the stunning and tragic effects of pollution on people and families across China — including Jing's own family.

A photo-a-day for 40 days in 2014 documented the effects of smog in China.

At the 3:45 mark, she plays a clip of an interview she did with a little girl in 2004 that drives home the point in a truly heartbreaking way.

This interview was 10 years ago. That's 10 years of children growing up without seeing blue skies, or stars, or clouds. That's heartbreaking.

Jing explains that for years, people in China have been told that air pollution is not a big deal and that if they expose their kids to it early on, they'll build up an immunity to it.

There's only one thing wrong with that: science.

Just like lungs shouldn't have to adapt to small particles of pollution invading them with every breath, children shouldn't have to adapt to life without blue skies, stars, or clouds.

The story behind the documentary is fascinating — this post by my colleague Mike Su gives some terrific context. For an exclusive summarized translation of the entire documentary, that you can read at your leisure, check out this post.

Or you can watch the first 10 minutes of the documentary (with Upworthy's exclusive English subtitles) here:


When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

4-year-old New Zealand boy and police share toys.

Sometimes the adorableness of small children is almost too much to take.

According to the New Zealand Police, a 4-year-old called the country's emergency number to report that he had some toys for them—and that's only the first cute thing to happen in this story.

After calling 111 (the New Zealand equivalent to 911), the preschooler told the "police lady" who answered the call that he had some toys for her. "Come over and see them!" he said to her.

The dispatcher asked where he was, and then the boy's father picked up. He explained that the kids' mother was sick and the boy had made the call while he was attending to the other child. After confirming that there was no emergency—all in a remarkably calm exchange—the call was ended. The whole exchange was so sweet and innocent.

But then it went to another level of wholesome. The dispatcher put out a call to the police units asking if anyone was available to go look at the 4-year-old's toys. And an officer responded in the affirmative as if this were a totally normal occurrence.

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