‘Chemtrails’ and conspiracy theorists have been firm friends for some time now, and it’s finally beginning to get on scientists’ nerves.
Some were so annoyed in fact that they actually conducted a study on it, one of the first-peer reviewed studies of its kind. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and Carnegie Institution for Science grouped together to try and settle once and for all whether the theory was true or not.
If you’re not familiar with the ‘chemtrails’ conspiracy theory then the simple explanation is this: The white exhaust you see from a plan is in fact part of a secret government experiment to either poison the atmosphere, or pump it full of chemicals.
Despite being almost constantly disputed by the authorities the researchers decided that it was time to provide some authoritative data that proves they’re not real.
Speaking to the Huffington Post US, Steven J. Davis, study co-author and professor of Earth system science at UCI explained.
“We’re not trying to change the minds of die-hard chemtrail truthers,” Davis told The Huffington Post.
“There are intelligent people who aren’t convinced one way or the other [regarding the chemtrail conspiracy theory],” he added. “When they go Googling, we don’t want them to just find conspiracy theorists’ websites, we want them to have some scientific perspective.”
To prove the theory wrong (or right), the team surveyed experts from across various fields and asked them to provide scientific explanations for the many theories that surround ‘chemtrails’.
They found, unsurprisingly, that almost every single expert was able to provide a profound scientific explanation for each example, ranging from moist air becoming super saturated, to military/research aircraft or acrobatic aircraft.
You can read the full explanation of the study over at Huffington Post US.