National Round-Up: The world’s second northernmost island knows how the Chrysler Building felt!

Must have been tough on the Chrysler building. At its opening in 1930, it became the world’s tallest building… in all 11 months. Not only that, but its record was taken by a neighbor: the Empire State Building.

The Arctic island of Oodeaq knows that feeling! For the past ten years, it has held the record for being the northernmost island on Earth.

But that was before an annoyed Danish geographer showed up to collect data with some Danish and Swiss colleagues for a study of life under extreme conditions.

During their research, they discovered an island about 780 meters away from Oodeaq.

Yes, further north and a neighbor!

Years of experience
Oodeaq has the northerners and their talent for exploring to thank.

After all, just as Eric the Red discovered Greenland a few centuries ago, Morten Rasch encountered the small island almost by accident.

And he could easily have missed it. It measures only 30 x 60 meters, according to the researchers.

Rasch, who heads the Arctic station at the University of Copenhagen, has been a regular on expeditions in the region for 18 years.

Brasch and his colleagues are financially supported by a private Swiss foundation.

­­­­House prices are rising in Denmark
Since the beginning of the year, the price of an average house has risen by about 200,000 kroner, shows a BT analysis of a market index that Boligsiden real estate agents maintain. On average, they mean 140 sqm and 2,375,800 kroner – up from 2,177,980 kroner at the beginning of the year. Economist Lise Nytoft Bergmann told BT that she expects the curve to flatten by the end of the year.

Esbjerg will be home to Europe’s largest PtX facility
The Swiss energy company H2 Energy Europe plans to invest several billion dollars to build Europe’s largest PtX plant. When it runs in 2024, it will turn green energy into hydrogen for land transport on purpose. Clifford zur Nieden, head of H3 Energy Europe, is convinced that Esbjerg is the ideal place due to its position on the shores of the North Sea. Once established, the PtX facility will create 200 to 300 jobs.

Denmark’s green vehicle journey is a success story
Denmark’s number of alternative fuel vehicles has increased by an average of 67 percent each year over the past decade, placing it ahead of Nordic neighbors Sweden, Norway and Finland and sixth in Europe, according to an analysis by the UK price comparison site of data from the European Alternative Fuels Observation. Ten years ago, it had only 301 cars. Today it has 57,547. The top five were Cyprus, Luxembourg, Ireland, Spain and Malta. The data used were collected by the European Alternative Fuels Observation within the last ten years. The Swiss investment bank UBS predicts that electric cars will account for 20 percent of all new car sales by 2025.

Incident at diamond mine preferred by Danish pension companies is a disaster
Danwatch has reported how an incident at the world’s fourth largest diamond mine, Catoca in Angola, has turned the waters of the Tshipaka River a bright red. The mine is of interest to Danwatch because it has significant Danish pension fund investors.

New study reveals how thousands of Danes self-medicate with cannabis
After a study conducted in 2018 showed that more Danes favor cannabis over painkillers and antidepressants, a more updated study conducted by the scientific magazine Harm Reduction Journal has achieved similar results. Respondents claim that cannabis has fewer side effects than their actual medication.

Source: The Nordic Page





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