New research from The Australia Institute has shown that Queensland is set to experience ever worsening climate related chaos, with Brisbane set to swelter through days over 35C going from a historical average of two per year, to up to 45 days per year by 2090.
“If emissions continue to rise, it will have a devastating impact for all Queenslanders,” says Richie Merzian, Director of The Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program.
“Towns like Roma could experience up to 185 days over 35 degrees within our children’s lifetimes, severely impacting their lives and livelihoods.
By combining CSIRO and BoM data, the report shows that increases in extreme heat days will severely affect many key metropolitan and regional centres throughout Queensland such as Brisbane, Townsville, Rockhampton, the Sunshine Coast and the Whitsundays.
“At a state level, the Queensland government has shown initiative in organising the inaugural Climate Week QLD and in encouraging renewables investment through a 50% target by 2030 but if Queensland policy makers are serious about averting the impacts of extreme heat and climate change, a lot more is required,” Mr Merizan said.
“Rising extreme heat is not inevitable, our analysis shows that if Australia cuts its emissions, much of these impacts can be avoided.”