How does respiration affect the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?
Respiration, breathing, has no effect on the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This is part of the natural carbon cycle. Burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) releases carbon dioxide that has been hidden away for millions of years. This extra gas is increasing in the atmosphere.
Respiration (breathing) has no effect on the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Breathing is part of the carbon cycle. We take in carbon in our food and drink and we release it again when we breathe. If we eat too much, the extra carbon is stored in our bodies, making us fatter, in much the same way as a tree stores carbon in its wood as it grows. So breathing does not increase…
Because Photosynthesis and respiration are oppositely linked the overall there is no affect on the carbon-oxygen cycle. While Photosynthesis occur in our natural world, like trees inhales carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and gives off oxygen and a complex called glucose. meanwhile in respiration is when the complex (glucose) is burned back in presence of oxygen and gives off carbon dioxide gas per unit amount used. This cycle is carbon neutral.