Strap in for wild weather

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

govern­ment re­port

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