Human belching, for all intents and purposes, is not harmful to the environment. The gas from a human burp is composed of primarily atmospheric gases consumed while eating, such as nitrogen and oxygen. Belching caused by carbonated beverages, however, releases a small amount of CO2. Even though CO2 is a greenhouse gas, the amounts that humans produce from burping is not enough to make an impact on the environment.
Belching from certain animals can actually have an effect on the environment. Cows for instance, release methane when they belch, as a byproduct of digestive chemical processes. The amount of methane that adds up from animals belching in the atmosphere can actually have some environmental impact sine methane is a greenhouse gas. There have actually been discussions about how to make cows in particular stop belching and farting as much as they do to lower their negative environmental impact.
“Burping is a natural reaction to gasses trapped in our digestive system. If we did not burp, everyone would be the size of parade balloons.” In the case of humans, burping is not considered to be harmful to the environment. However, speaking of gas, it must be noted that excessive burping of cows, moose, and sheep are ones that are considered harmful to the environment.
Studies have shown that the methane from cow burps and farts has been causing global warming problems. “Just one cow gives off enough harmful methane gas in a single day to fill around 400 litre bottles, which is really bad for the environment.” The collective amount of methane produced by cows, sheep, and moose can be even more harmful than the carbon emissions of cars in general.
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