DES MOINES, Iowa — As presidential hopefuls make their final pitches to Iowans before the upcoming caucuses, rural residents say they want to hear more about climate change.Some political observers might think climate change is an issue more important to voters in coastal areas. But according to the Center for Rural Affairs, 91% of respondents to a recent survey said they were either “very” or “extremely” concerned about climate change affecting their lives.Kalya Bergman, policy associate with the Center, said the participants were rural Iowans of all backgrounds.“Educators, farmers, business owners, parents and all other backgrounds, and they’re all concerned about and willing to take steps to address climate change,” Bergman said.Climate researchers say Iowa has seen the largest per-decade increase in annual average rainfall at more than 1 inch of precipitation. Bergman said the flooding from the higher rainfall totals is a direct threat to the more than 1 million people living in rural Iowa, where a lot of food and energy is produced.Kevin Griggs runs EOR Iowa, an environmental engineering and consulting firm. He said he believes the state is on the front lines of climate change. And he’s seen it first hand through the work his company does.“Things like invasive species – plant and animal species, even some fish species,” Griggs said.Unlike recent presidential elections, some of the Democratic hopefuls in 2020 have taken notice of voter concerns in Iowa. That includes TV ads that focus on the Green New Deal, or fielding questions about the topic during forums.Meanwhile, the Center for Rural Affairs says voters they’ve spoken to hope candidates will take actions like promoting programs that reward farmers for taking part in conservation and renewable energy initiatives.
Journalists interested to attend the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil must be accredited and it is open until April 29, according to a Brazilian embassy official in Monrovia.A partnership between the Federal Government and the city government of Rio de Janeiro, the Media Center will assist journalists from around the world, accredited or not by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by providing work facilities, up-to-date information and a diversified agenda of events.Interested journalists must check for further information at: www.riomediacenter.com.br/en/.The Rio Media Center is the reference center for those accredited or not by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to cover the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.Meanwhile, according to Brazilian Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Luiz dos Santos, any Liberian traveling to Brazil must ensure that he has a round trip ticket, and must have purchased a ticket for at least one of the games.Journalists with credentials for the Rio Media Center will have access to vast journalistic and cultural program. The venue will host press conferences with authorities and athletes, operational briefings, presentations and workshops, movie sessions, cultural events and press tours.The two steps are as follows: register at the Rio Media Center website, and then enter the accreditation environment. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)