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Government's Economic Recovery Council Packed with Big Polluters, Campaigners Say

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Environmental groups have criticised the government’s new economic recovery council for prioritising fossil fuel intensive firms over greener business advocates and disruptive startups.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson chaired the first meeting of the Build Back Better Council on Monday, an invite-only group of 30 large companies tasked with helping the country bounce back from the economic turmoil of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Analysis: Aviation Industry Coronavirus Bailouts Contradict Governments' Climate Commitments

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Is the chance for a green recovery flying by?

Despite governments around the world claiming they want to support low-carbon industries in the wake of COVID-19, many have prioritised airlines and plane manufacturers for bailouts with no green strings attached — giving or lending money to some of the world’s biggest polluters.

70,000 Aviation Job Losses Show Government Needs to Support Workers’ Low Carbon Transition — Report

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It is “highly likely” that a proportion of upcoming job losses in the aviation industry will be permanent in the long term, a new report says.

Job losses in the aviation sector and its supply chain will likely top 70,000 in the next two to three months due to COVID-19 health measures, says the analysis; larger than the job losses seen at the peak of the UK coal industry’s decline 1980-81.

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