A spontaneous jumped onto the court where the Laver Cup tennis tournament is being held at the O2 Arena in London and set fire to his arm. He is a climate change activist who protests against flights in private planes and the pollution they generate. The use of private planes is increasingly present on the agenda of environmental associations and in national political debates, especially in Europe. Recently, the French Transport Minister, Clément Beaune, announced that France is studying limiting the use of private planes by individuals and companies over short distances or when rail alternatives exist. According to the newspaper ‘Le Parisien’, the French Government has been working since July on a plan to “act and regulate private jet flights” within the framework of the authorities’ initiatives to curb the energy crisis. The National Secretary for Europe Ecology -The Greens (EELV), Julien Bayou, also announced during an interview with the French newspaper ‘Liberation’ his desire to “prohibit” this type of flight. The French politician will present a bill in October to that effect in the French National Assembly. In Spain, United We Can, Mas País and Equo have presented initiatives in the same direction. The spokesman for Alianza Verde, Juantxo López de Uralde, has warned of estimates that, at this rate, in 2050 a quarter of polluting emissions will correspond to air traffic, which between 1990 and 2012, far from being reduced, have increased by 75 Likewise, it has highlighted how a third of the busiest short-haul flights in the European Union –51 of 150 flights, 34%–, have train alternatives of less than six hours; and only 27% of the busiest flights in the EU have direct night train alternatives –41 of 150 flights–. Including Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, Alianza Verde has pointed out that 29% of short-haul flights busiest distances have train alternatives of less than six hours –73 of 250 flights–.
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