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I Know We Do This Differently Now, But These 12 Images Didn't Make Me Feel Any Better

Us industrious humans have altered over HALF of the face of the earth. Whoa. Here's one way we do it.

I Know We Do This Differently Now, But These 12 Images Didn't Make Me Feel Any Better

What you're seeing: Going after coal in the densely forested Appalachian Mountains, mining companies peel back the earth to expose a layer cake of coal seams. Based on data from the Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites, these nine images track the cancer-like growth of the Hobet mine in West Virginia as it spreads from ridge to ridge between 1984 to 2013. The disturbed area is some 10,000 acres, and growing.


Zoom 1: Coal companies remove the tops of mountains using explosives and machinery to move massive amounts of earth, exposing the coal seams. Mountaintop removal uses far fewer workers than underground coal mining, and it really took off after the oil crises in the 1970s when companies started seeking more economical ways of mining U.S. coal (i.e., paying fewer workers). Ironically, the use of MTR expanded again in the 1990s as a result of the U.S. Clean Air Act because the technique harvests a cleaner-burning form of coal than deeper underground mining,

Zoom 2: The remains of the mountaintops are piled into nearby stream valleys. The largest of these massive dams approach 800 feet in height and swallow more than a mile of streambed.

Zoom 3: By far the biggest environmental impact from MTR mining is the burning of all the coal dug up to provide our electricity (with all the attendant issues of air and water pollution and mercury poisoning etc., etc., etc.). But living near one of these mines brings a whole package of other health threats, perhaps most famously "acid mine drainage," which leaches from the mines, turning streams orange, killing fish and other life, andsmelling really, really bad.

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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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This article originally appeared on 11.21.16


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."