Cow Burps Are Warming the Planet

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Cows burp up a lot of methane thanks to the chemistry of their digestion. And since methane is a greenhouse gas, our beef and dairy have huge climate change consequences. This week on Reactions, we cover the gassy science of cow guts.

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