A private jet took off in the UK every six minutes as the super rich forge ahead with the super-polluting means of transport amid the worsening climate crisis. Shocking new data shows a 75% spike in the luxury means of travel in the UK in a year in which many saw their standard of living plunge. Now the country is the European capital of private jet use, with the 90,256 flights last year emitting half a million tonnes of CO2 – more than in any other European nation. Thousands of the flights were just a few short miles or between capitals such as London and Paris, which are very well connected with speedy trains that produce a fraction of the emissions per passenger. The rise and rise of what is widely considered the most polluting form of transport comes amid increasingly stark warnings about the climate crisis from the likes of the IPCC, and the need for immediate action to cut emissions.

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