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Global Warming Protests Begin

NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans worried about climate change are staging a day of demonstrations to draw attention to global warming.

More than 13,000 events have been organized nationwide under the banner "Step It Up 2007." Demonstrators want Congress to require an 80% cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.

At a rally in lower Manhattan, overlooking New York Harbor, they've formed a "Sea of People" human line to symbolically mark New York's future coastline.

Scientists say melting polar ice caps and glaciers will cause ocean levels to rise.

In Chicago's Daley Plaza, about 500 people have been listening to speeches from a panel of environmental experts who called for a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

And in Santa Monica, California, hundreds are gathered along a promenade near the Pacific to listen to lectures, while makers of "green" products hawk their wares.
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