Danish News Round-Up: Arctic Sea temperature has risen dramatically in recent decades

Elsewhere, Denmark is going to help Ukraine again and Lars Eller reaches another impressive NHL landmark

Since 1982, the Arctic Sea hasn’t stopped heating up.

According to satellite-based research from the Danish Centre for Climate Research (NCKF), the combined temperature of sea and sea ice of the 58th parallel has risen from around -3 degrees in 1982 to +2 degrees in 2021.

For the very first time in climate research, thanks to the dataset ‘A combined sea and sea-ice surface temperature climate dataset of the Arctic, 1982–2021’, scientific analyses have be able to ascertain data that has remained inaccessible until now.

“It is a scientific triumph that we can now supplement the studies that sporadically cover some of the areas in the Arctic with facts for the entire northern skullcap. Now our colleagues all over the world can plunge into this deluge of data to learn more about the interaction between ice and sea and the changes that have already occurred,” Pia Nielsen-Englyst, who has worked on the project, told DMI.

Big change in Barents Sea
The research also revealed that the combined sea and sea ice temperatures in the north-eastern Barents Sea, east of Svalbard, has warmed by 10 degrees from 1982 to 2021.

Research in the Arctic is still limited, but monitoring its climate is crucial for scientists as global temperature changes are most pronounced there.

The increasing temperatures there cause the sea to rise in other parts of the world and worsen the impact of global climate change.

Copenhagen city bike noise drawing ire
Since the end of November, certain city bikes in Copenhagen are producing high-pitched sounds when parked incorrectly. The company behind the bikes, Bikeshare, said a month ago that it was going to fix the problem, but it has since filed for bankruptcy. The City of Copenhagen can’t do anything because the bikes are owned by a private company.

Løkke’s first FM trip went to Berlin
For his first trip as the new Foreign Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen met his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock this week. The main points of discussions were the War in Ukraine, energy and an action plan for strengthened Danish-German co-operation.

More aid from Denmark to Ukraine
The government has announced a new emergency aid package worth 265 million kroner to help Ukraine make it through the winter. Elements of the aid include water, heat, electricity supply, blankets, warm clothes and shelter. Since February 24, when Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, Denmark has helped Ukraine with more than a billion kroner in civilian and humanitarian efforts.

Copenhagen to get interpreter boost
There is a huge need for boosting the quality of interpreters in Denmark. Copenhagen has taken the lead by tightening the requirements for both interpreter skills and salaries. The University of Copenhagen and University College Copenhagen are jointly ready to deliver the necessary education and certifications if and when required.

Food giant Meyers sold
Founded by TV chef and entrepreneur Klaus Meyer, the food company Meyers has been sold to the British group Westbury Streets Holding. The decision means that the group Løgismose Meyers Holding, created in 2015, is being split up. The current commercial director of Løgismose Meyers Holding, Jesper Wacherhausen, will become CEO of Meyers A/S, while Claus Meyer will continue as an innovator and project developer for the company.

Jonas Vingegaard to lead 2023 Tour de France bid alone
Defending Tour de France champion Jonas Vingegaard will captain Team Jumbo-Visma during the 2023 edition of the race on his own. “My wish was to come back and defend my Tour de France title. I’m happy that I can and we’ll try to win again,” the 26-year-old Dane said. The decision coincides with former co-captain Primož Roglič’s absence from the Tour next summer. The Slovenian will take part in the Giro d’Italia instead.

Eller reaches NHL landmark
Lars Eller become the first Dane in history to reach 1,000 NHL games last week. The Washington Capitals forward landed the impressive feat as his team defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 after extra time. Eller also became the first Dane to win the Stanley Cup back in 2018, scoring the winning goal to seal the title for the Caps.

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