"Spiderman" scales Sydney tower in climate campaign

Tue Jun 2, 2009 12:03am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - The French climber known as "Spiderman" scaled a 41-story Sydney tower with his bare hands on Tuesday to draw attention to climate change, and was arrested.

Hundreds of people gathered at Aurora Place, craning their necks to watch Alain Robert, who has climbed more than 80 skyscrapers around the world, haul himself to the top of the Renzo Piano-designed office building in only about 10 minutes.

Police arrested Robert, 46, after the illegal climb, but not before the diminutive Frenchman unfurled a banner advertising the green group One Hundred Months (www.onehundredmonths.org).

The group, backed by Greenpeace among a wide range of lobby groups, says the world has 100 months to take action on climate change or face the irreversible consequences of global warming.

Robert's more famous climbing conquests include Chicago's Sears Tower and Taipei 101 in Taiwan.

(Reporting by Cecile Lefort and Tim Wimborne, editing by Miral Fahmy)

<p>French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", pauses to talk to office workers as he descends the outside of the 41-storey Aurora Place office tower in central Sydney June 2, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>