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New Delhi: Research and development priorities, cooperation on innovation and a work plan for the next three years were discussed on Tuesday in the ongoing third BRICS ministerial meeting in Moscow, an official statement said.

Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan led the Indian delegation to the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) two-day ministerial meeting on science, technology and innovation (STI) in Moscow which began on October 27.

“BRICS research and development priorities, innovation cooperation within BRICS, a work plan for 2015-2018 on science, technology and innovation for cooperation among BRICS countries were discussed today (Tuesday). Discussions also took place on Moscow ministerial declaration to be made at the meeting,” a science and technology ministry statement said here.

The five countries also gave a brief report on activities in their respective “leadership areas” at the meeting, it added.

Earlier, the BRICS countries had identified leadership areas to be taken by each one of them.

Climate change and natural disaster mitigation was to be led by Brazil; water resources and pollution by Russia; geospatial technologies and its applications by India; new and renewable energy and energy efficiency by China; and astronomy by South Africa.

The conference would also discuss exchange of information on STI policies and strategies, it said.

(IANS)

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The Trump Administration Just Lost Another Court Battle To Kids

The activists, whose ages range from preteen to the early 20s, are seeking various environmental remedies. A trial is scheduled for Oct. 29 in the federal court in Eugene, Oregon

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FILE - The coal-fired Plant Scherer, one of the nation's top carbon dioxide emitters, stands in the distance in Juliette, Ga., June 3, 2017. The Trump administration intends to roll back the centerpiece of former President Barack Obama’s efforts to slow global warming, seeking to ease restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. Young activists are suing the government for ignoring climate change. VOA

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected the Trump administration’s renewed bid to dismiss a lawsuit by young activists who say it is ignoring the perils of climate change.

By a 3-0 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the government fell short of the “high bar” needed to dismiss the Oregon case, originally brought in 2015 against the administration of President Barack Obama.

Twenty-one children and young adults accused federal officials and oil industry executives of violating their due process rights by knowing for decades that carbon pollution poisons the environment but doing nothing about it.

The government contended that letting the case proceed would be too burdensome, unconstitutionally pit the courts against the executive branch, and require improper “agency decision-making” by forcing officials to answer questions about climate change.

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Twenty-one children and young adults accused federal officials and oil industry executives of violating their due process rights by knowing for decades that carbon pollution poisons the environment but doing nothing about it. Pixabay

But the appeals court said the issues raised “are better addressed through the ordinary course of litigation.”

An earlier government bid to end the case failed in March.

The activists, whose ages range from preteen to the early 20s, are seeking various environmental remedies. A trial is scheduled for Oct. 29 in the federal court in Eugene, Oregon.

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Representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A lawyer for the activists did not immediately respond to similar requests.

The case is U.S. et al v U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Eugene, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. No. 18-71928. (VOA)