Washington Post: The 12-story condo tower that crashed down early Thursday near Miami Beach was built on reclaimed wetlands and is perched on a barrier island facing an ocean that has risen about a foot in the past century due to climate change. Experts on sea level rise and climate change caution that it is too soon to speculate if rising seas helped destabilize the oceanfront condo.
Commissioner Eliana R. Salzhauer, also questioned whether the land underneath the building had been compromised. “I think this is all tied to sea level rise and our overdevelopment,” she said. “And Mother Earth comes back, and the ocean comes back, and takes it.”
Steve Milloy of JunkScience comments: "It is total BS to blame the Surfside condo collapse on global warming. Surfside was built on a sandbar with fill 100 years ago. Local sea level rise (~3MM year) is average and constant."