In the past 30 years, not even a single lake in the New York state had failed to freeze unless it was an El Nio year. This winter, however, proved to be an exception. "A surprising number of lakes that developed ice covers in previous winters, only had a partial skim of ice this winter, or they did not freeze at all," said Kenton Stewart, professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo, New York, USA. Stewart said that the unusual phenomenon could be attributed to global warming (www. newswise.com, March 28, 2002).
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