AN INAUGURAL conference outlining the devastating effects of climate change to the region has been held in Maryborough.
Hundreds of people listened in as keynote speakers addressed the world's biggest problem at the inaugural Climate Summit.
Organised by the Burnett Mary Regional Group, the summit was held at the Brolga Theatre on Tuesday.
BMRG communications and engagement officer Chris Stone said the summit was held to gather experts in climate change then revisit the local natural resource management plan.
Interstate local government representatives and sea level experts were among the speakers.
"We wanted to gather them all together so they could let us know what the latest climate science was," Mr Stone said.
"Get all the information out there, get everyone on the same page and talking the same language."
Mr Stone said one key message to come out of the conference was that if we continue business as usual- by 2070 we would have a 4 to 6 degree temperature rise.
"That will have many and ranging impacts specifically for our region," he warned.
"It encompasses sea level rise (and) increased community health costs - there are a whole range of significant impacts that temperature rise will create."
The experts also warned that extreme weather events such as flooding and drought would become more extreme, but may happen less frequently.