More heat records are tumbling in SE Queensland this week, with prolonged heat waves becoming the new normal for the area. DEA's Dr David King said that “The predictions from the CSIRO are that over the next 50 years we’re going to have two to three times as many extreme heatwaves around Australia”
As well as being dangerous, heatwaves impact our productivity.
Deputy Queensland chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia Dr David King said there needed to be more done to plan for sustained heat conditions due to rising global temperatures. “That will have to be factored into planning, but it is also something that should be taken into account when it comes to mitigation, we should be working harder to take care of our climate.
“Because heat is not only uncomfortable, at the other extreme it’s a killer, and in between it impacts on people’s productivity.”
Darling Downs grazier Sid Plant saying the increasing instances of above-average temperatures were grinding down his livelihood. “It impacts all of our decisions; we can’t run as many cattle because of the heat stress, the impact on our feed, we can’t turn the cattle over as quickly as we’d like to because they’re not gaining as quickly,” Mr Plant said.
“Our cattle is feeling the impact of the heat and our pastures are. And it’s exacerbated by the lack of rainfall that goes with it. I’m concerned about the ongoing change in the climate, and the ongoing inability of governments to get their heads out of the sand and do something,” he said.
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