This prediction about the 22nd century may leave you — and the Earth — out of breath.
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The Earth has a rhythm. During the summer, plants and algae grow and create oxygen. In the winter, some of the carbon dioxide they've absorbed is released back into the atmosphere.

It's almost as if the Earth were breathing.


A 12-month breath. GIF via Good.is/YouTube.

But climate change may give the Earth planetary asthma.

That's the message of a new video from Good.

More than half of the Earth's oxygen is created by tiny plants and algae on the ocean surface called phytoplankton. Most are so small you can't see them without a microscope. But we depend on them to breathe.

Earth's respirators. Image via NOAA/Wikimedia Commons.

Plankton don't like warmer waters, which is what we're headed for.

The oceans of 2100 will be much different than today's. Image from Good.is/YouTube.

In fact, a 2010 study in Nature estimated that warming ocean waters may have already wiped out 40% of the ocean's phytoplankton since 1950. And though the numbers differ, most recent publications seem to agree that as temperatures rise, plankton activity will decline.

Low oxygen is associated with a lot of bad things.

As the planet struggles to breathe, we may see consequences all around the world.

Fish need oxygen in the water to live, for example. A loss of ocean oxygen can create massive dead zones full of little more than slime and bacteria. On land, some studies have suggested that oxygen levels play a role in the weather and climate.

Plus, you know, we breathe oxygen...

GIF from "Thor."

Take a deep breath. It can still turn out OK.

GIF from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

The Earth is going to get warmer. But we still have some control over how how much. Global leaders are meeting in Paris for the COP21 conference, where they will hopefully come to strong, legally binding agreements to mitigate climate change.

Watch the full, beautiful thing here.

If this made you gasp, sign this petition from the NRDC to demand climate action from our world leaders.

Photo by Louis Hansel on Unsplash
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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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Photographer Katie Joy Crawford had been battling anxiety for 10 years when she decided to face it straight on by turning the camera lens on herself.

In 2015, Upworthy shared Crawford's self-portraits and our readers responded with tons of empathy. One person said, "What a wonderful way to express what words cannot." Another reader added, "I think she hit the nail right on the head. It's like a constant battle with yourself. I often feel my emotions battling each other."

So we wanted to go back and talk to the photographer directly about this soul-baring project.

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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."