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Flood in the Desert
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Heavy rains hit Phoenix yesterday morning, prompting massive flooding across the region that knocked out power grids and caused widespread damage. Authorities had to perform numerous rescues like the one in the video above. Many rescues required helicopters. Although no single instance of flooding can be tied to climate change, the most recent deluge fits a growing pattern: Arizona has had seven major water-related disasters since 2000.

Other things to know this morning:

Somewhere around 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River Monday night southeast of Cincinnati. In recent years, the Environmental Protection Agency has had concerns about poor conditions and inadequate inspections at the Duke Energy plant responsible.

Thanks to a lawsuit brought by environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency may soon require oil refineries to regularly test the air quality at their perimeters. At the front lines of this battle is Port Arthur, Texas, a historically black community hemmed in (and choked out) by four oil refineries, six chemical plants, one incineration facility, and one pet coke facility.

Choiseul, a community in the Solomon Islands, has become the first provincial government to relocate because of climate change. The leaders of this small coral atoll have decided that the threats of sea-level rise and tsunamis are too great for its 1,000 or so residents—who live just six feet above sea level—to remain.

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