February 18, 1990 |
Despite fears that the planet is heating up, temperatures in the Southeastern United States have actually fallen 1 degree Fahrenheit over the last 30 years, according to a federal study released Saturday. The data is contrary to the widely held theory that pollution in the atmosphere has already made temperatures start to rise. "It's cooling and getting wetter," George A. Maul said. "This is quite different from what the computer models suggest should be going on with global warming."