Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up

A decade after the realm exchange middle catastrophe, rampant hypothesis abounds on what really occurred. Wild speak prospers on the net, television, and radio. used to be the Pentagon relatively struck by way of a missile? was once the premature demise of Barry Jennings, who witnessed the cave in of Tower 7 and notion he heard “explosions,” really an assassination ? now not everyone seems to be confident the fact is available in the market. once more, during this up to date version of the significantly acclaimed Debunking Sep 11 Myths, Popular Mechanics counters the conspiracy theorists with a dose of demanding, chilly facts. The journal consulted greater than three hundred specialists in fields like air site visitors regulate, aviation, civil engineering, fireplace struggling with, and metallurgy, after which carefully, meticulously, and scientifically analyzed the 25 such a lot chronic Sept. 11 conspiracy theories. each was once conclusively refuted with evidence, now not politics and rumors, together with 5 new myths related to the cave in of seven global exchange middle and 4 longstanding conjectures now thought of within the context of recent research. 

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At the George C. Marshall Institute, a think tank that receives funding from Exxon Mobil, chief executive William O’Keefe and President Jeff Kueter issued a statement urging “great caution in reading too much” into the report until the panel releases its detailed scientific documentation a few months from now. “Claims being made that a climate catastrophe later this century is more certain are unjustified,” they said, adding that “the underlying state of knowledge does not justify scare tactics or provide sufficient support for proposals .

Arctic sea ice will disappear “almost entirely” by the end of the century, they said, and snow cover will contract worldwide. OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE 33 Warming Is Human-Caused While the summary did not produce any groundbreaking observations—it reflects a massive distillation of the peer-reviewed literature through the middle of 2006—it represents the definitive international scientific and political consensus on climate science. It provides much more definitive conclusions than the panel’s previous report in 2001, which said only that it was “likely”—meaning between 66 and 90 percent probability on a scale the panel adopted—that human activity accounted for the warming recorded over the past 50 years.

Declaring that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal,” the authors said in their “Summary for Policymakers” that even in the best-case scenario, temperatures are on track to cross a threshold to an unsustainable level. 6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels would cause global effects— such as massive species extinctions and melting of ice sheets—that could be irreversible within a human lifetime. 5 degrees by 2100. Severe Global Warming Is at Hand Richard Somerville, a distinguished professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and one of the lead authors, said the world would have to undertake “a really massive reduction in emissions,” on the scale of 70 to 80 percent, to avert severe global warming.

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