'Mosquitoes' diseases to move south'
MORE Queenslanders risk catching dengue fever as temperature increases associated with climate change cause mosquitoes to move south, according to a key report.
The Climate Commission report on the impacts and opportunities of climate change in Queensland, presented to a Brisbane forum, said as temperature, humidity and rainfall rose across the state in the next century, it could see the state's mosquito population grow and move south, carrying with it diseases such as dengue fever and ross river virus.
The report also said there would be major impacts on the state's agriculture and tourism industries as a result of climate change, in a "business as usual" scenario.
Along with mosquitoes moving south, so too could cattle ticks which cost the industry now about $90 million in lost production.
The Climate Commission predicted parasites, including ticks and buffalo flies, would start flying south, increasing the risk of infection, disease and reduced production.
The report also emphasised the risks of sea level rises on coastal towns and cities in Queensland.
It identified Moreton Bay, Mackay, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast as the local government areas most at risk of a potential 110cm sea level rise.
But the commission also identified business opportunities in the report, including taking advantage of solar and wind power generation to save on electricity costs, as well as selling such power back to the state grid.
It cited regional examples of clean power generation, including biomass production at Mackay's Racecourse Mill and the CS Energy solar energy plant under construction at Kogan Creek.
The report noted prime examples of regional businesses already doing their bit included the PAC Foundry at Maryborough, the Noosa Aquatic Centre, the Sheraton Noosa Heads Resort and Spa and the Pumpkin Island Resort.