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Hope fade for white Christmas
Updated: 2004-12-19 14:45

The Bureau of Meteorology in Beijing says a white Christmas is unlikely this year as Beijing experiences a warmer than average winter.

The first snow in Beijing on Friday didn't bring about the significant drop in tempreture expected.

Luo Yong, a meteorologist from China Meteorological Office says meteorologists believe that the tempreture this winter is relatively high because of the global warming and El Nino event.

A relatively warm winter has a big impact on people's lives in Beijing.

On the negative side the warmer there is more air pollution, which harms people's health, and the lacks of snow has caused large revenue losses at ski resorts.

On the positive side there are big energy savings.

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