Strap in for wild weather
TEMPERATURES are on the rise in Far North Queensland and nature as we know it will be pushed to extremes more so than in living memory.
Cyclones will be more severe, our rainforests face massive extinctions, irreparable damage to our reefs with more coral beaching and an increase in tropical disease like malaria and dengue.
Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones released the climate report last week.
"Average global temperatures have already increased by about 0.75C since 1900," Ms Jones said.
The report found the past decade was the hottest on record and it’s going to get hotter by up to 2.2C by 2050 and sea levels could rise by as much as 8cm by 2100.
The number of days over 35C in coastal areas of the Douglas is expected to triple.
More hot night will follow the increasing hot days.
Seasons as we know it will change forever.
"The predicted changes in average rainfall and temperatures and increased frequency of severe weather events, including droughts, floods and severe cyclones, could reduce Queensland’s primary and agricultural production," Ms Jones said.
Soil run off into the sea will change the landscape and coastline.
The report says the land-ocean temperature record indicates that 14 of the past 15 years have been the warmest since 1880.
James Cook University Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change Professor Steve Williams said rising sea levels would cause significant problems and impact on the World Heritage rainforest would be devastating.
He said a rise of 3.5C, which was possible, would leave a third of rainforest species extinct and a third endangered.
"Unless people start changing what they are doing, we are going to be up a creek without a paddle," Prof Stephens said.
Coming soon: the far north could be subject to massively increased cyclones like Larry, according to a