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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Hot-air balloon record 

British adventurer David Hempleman-Adams has claimed yet another world record by flying a conventional hot-air balloon in an open wicker basket to 32,500 ft, almost the cruising height of a jumbo jet. He was also the first person to fly a balloon over the North Pole and on September 22, 2003, became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean from New Brunswick, Canada, to Ireland, in an open wicker basket, hot-air balloon.

For the past twenty years, David has traveled the globe on record breaking expeditions. Witnessing at first-hand, the environmental and social destruction caused by climate change: from the melting ice-caps of Greenland, to those at the North and South Poles, to islands in the Pacific Ocean being submerged by rising sea levels and the devastation of the rain forests, he is pushing the boundaries of what is possible in order to draw attention to the climate change issue.

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