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World's largest container shipper Maersk aims to be CO2 neutral by 2050
5 December 2018 - Maersk, the world's biggest container shipper, aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, in a challenge to the rest of the world's fossil fuel-dependent fleet. Denmark's Maersk said on Wednesday (5 December) it aimed to have carbon neutral vessels commercially viable by 2030 by using energy sources such as biofuels and would cut its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. (more)

On This Day in Space! November 21, 1676: Astronomer (accidentally) discovers speed of light
21 November 2018 - On November 21, 1676, the Danish astronomer Ole Romer discovered the speed of light. Before Romer figured it out, scientists thought that light travels instantaneously, or infinitely fast. Romer disproved this almost by accident when he was studying Jupiter's moon 'Io'. He was trying to figure out how long it takes 'Io' to orbit Jupiter in hopes of using it as a cosmic clock. He watched Io disappear behind Jupiter and reappear on the other side. He did this over and over every 42 hours for years. (more)

Maersk Tankers tests wind power to fuel ships
30 August 2018 - Maersk Tankers is testing the use of wind power to fuel its ships, a new technology it says can cut fuel consumption by up to 10 percent and help the industry reduce polluting emissions. The company has installed two 30-metre tall metal cylinders on board the Maersk Pelican, a Long Range 2 (LR2) product tanker vessel. The cylinders, or rotor sails, work as mechanical sails that spin to propel the vessel forward. (more)

How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen reveals its secrets
13 February 2018 - Copenhagen consistently sits at the very top of the UN's happiness index and is one of the star performers in the Healthy Cities initiative of the World Health Organization. It is a model for how healthy cities might be created across the world. Promoting health in everyday life is first, says the city's plan, 'by making it attractive to cycle, by serving nutritious lunches in our institutions, or by enabling educational institutions to offer quit-smoking programmes. Healthy thriving people are ... more likely to complete an education and find employment. In other words, health enables us to live the life we want.' (more)

Decorated kayaks light up Copenhagen canals on Saint Lucia's Day
14 December 2017 - A flotilla of kayaks decked in lights and Christmas decorations floated through the canals of central Copenhagen on Wednesday evening to celebrate Saint Lucia's Day. Thousands watched from streets and bridges as around 400 kayaks illuminated the Danish capital's dark canals. The light-bearing procession in honor of the 3rd-century saint originated in Sweden and was later adapted by the Danes. (more)

Denmark: The world leading organic nation
22 June 2017 - The Danish consumers are the most pro-organic consumers in the world. In fact Denmark has the world's highest organic share and the most well-developed organic market. Organic sales in Denmark have been continuously growing for more than ten years. For instance, from 2015 to 2016 the Danes' consumption of organic food rose with 14 per cent ...Today, Denmark is the country in the world where the sales of organic products make up for the largest part of the overall sales -- 8.4 per cent in 2015 numbers. The latest statistics from Statistic Denmark shows that the organic market share in Denmark has now increased to 9.6 per cent (2016 numbers). (more)

In Denmark, brewery's departure offers a chance to go green
25 February 2017 - University College Copenhagen, with its 11,000 faculty members and students, is one of the first occupants of Carlsberg Byen, or Carlsberg Town, a $2 billion redevelopment that is central to Copenhagen's ambitious plan to be the world's first carbon-neutral capital city within a decade. Named after the brewery that was here until recently, Carlsberg Byen is trying to bring a green spin to the usual mix of retail, office and residential space. Developers are aiming to conserve rainwater, generate solar energy and reuse building materials. They envision visitors cycling past shops, homes and galleries. In effect, the project is designed to blend the environmental with the economic. (more)

The Danish and Cypriot cities hosting popular EU's cultural project
4 January 2017 - During 2017, Aarhus, Denmark and Pafos, Cyprus will hold the title of European Capital of Culture. For these cities it is an excellent opportunity to show 'the city's image', put the city on the European and the world map, and attract more tourists. At the same time, the event provides opportunities for the city's authorities to rethink the cities' development through culture. (more)

Denmark: Two-wheel takeover: bikes outnumber cars for the first time in Copenhagen
30 November 2016 - Bicycle sensors in Copenhagen clocked a new record this month [November]: there are now more bikes than cars in the heart of the city. In 2009, the city installed its first electric bike counter by city hall, with 20 now monitoring traffic across the city. Copenhagen's efforts to create a cycling city have paid off: bicycle traffic has risen by 68 per cent in the last 20 years. 'What we've shown the rest of the world is that if you build protected infrastructure, people will start riding their bikes,' said Morten Kabell, the current Mayor for Environmental and Technical Affairs. (more)

Santas from all over the world meet in Denmark
20 July 2016 - With just five months until Christmas, Santas from around the world are gathering in Copenhagen for a mid-season break at the annual World Santa Claus Congress. This year 140 Santas from 12 countries gathered in the Danish capital for the three-day event. 'A successful Santa is not just about the costumes and the clothes. You have to have Christmas in your heart. You have to have the love of children and caring and giving in your hear to be a really successful Santa and it's not something you can make up.' said Santa Cherry from Canada. (more)

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Interview: Dr. Bech on medicine and meditation
4 February 2015 - Danish physician Dr Charlotte Bech has worked in several fields of medicine. She has written popular books on health and is a frequent panelist on health and wellness issues. In a recent interview Dr Bech explains that she highly recommends the Transcendental Meditation technique to patients to relieve stress and enhance immunity, among many other scientifically validated health benefits. She also discusses the fruitful integration of ancient holistic wisdom of health and well-being in Maharishi Ayurveda with the approaches of conventional modern medicine. (more)

Denmark: Nearly 1% of the population has learned Transcendental Meditation
21 July 2013 - In the 50 years that Transcendental Meditation has been taught in Denmark more than 40,000 people have learned the technique--almost one per cent of the Danish population. In the first half of this year, three times as many people learned the technique compared to the same time period a year ago. A recent half-hour television programme generated increased interest in Transcendental Meditation. The Danish Folk School for Development of Consciousness, Rorvig Folkehojskole, offers comprehensive courses in a variety of fields, all taught in the context of Consciousness-Based Education. (more)

Denmark: New Transcendental Meditation teacher expands country's programmes for women
4 December 2012 - Denmark welcomed home this year another newly trained teacher of Transcendental Meditation, who will help expand self-development programmes for women and girls in the country. A number of women already practising Transcendental Meditation enjoyed a popular one-day course in Copenhagen on the theme of 'Love'. (more)

Denmark: Five Maharishi Vastu homes completed
13 October 2011 - The fifth home in Denmark designed and constructed according to the principles of Maharishi Vedic architecture was recently completed, and two more houses are under construction. (more)

Denmark: Vastu homes and communities being developed
19 July 2011 - In Denmark, several Maharishi Vastu construction projects, designed according to Vedic architecture, have been completed during the past year, and more are underway. Also, increasing numbers of people in the country are learning the Transcendental Meditation Programme. (more)

Denmark: 2010 sees significant increase in people learning Transcendental Meditation
13 January 2011 - Interest in the Transcendental Meditation programme rose significantly this past year in Denmark. The number of people who learned the programme doubled from 2009 to 2010. A new website and blog have also led to an increase in enquiries. (more)

Natural health care at the Folk School for Development of Consciousness, Denmark
31 December 2010 - The Health Care department of the Folk School for Development of Consciousness in Denmark offers courses in the knowledge and practical application of the ancient, natural, holistic health care system Maharishi Ayur-Veda. Students learn simple tools to improve health as well as increase energy, happiness, and well-being. Courses are scheduled to begin 16 January. (more)

Offering a Consciousness-Based Education music programme in Denmark
27 December 2010 - The Danish Folk School for Development of Consciousness offers a comprehensive course in music. Taught in the context of Consciousness-Based Education, which promotes the blossoming of inner creativity, the course provides an introduction to an array of instruments, voice, music theory, and performance. Guest lecturers and performers include accomplished musicians. New courses are scheduled to begin 16 January 2011. (more)

Making great talents greater in Denmark: Consciousness-Based Education film course
25 December 2010 - The Film Department at the Danish Folk School for Development of Consciousness offers a comprehensive curriculum for students interested in scriptwriting, video editing, camera work, and other areas of film and theatre--all taught in the context of Consciousness-Based Education, which promotes the blossoming of inner creativity. New courses are scheduled to begin 16 January 2011. (more)

Danish Folk School's Consciousness-Based Education course in film and theatre to begin 16 January
22 December 2010 - The Danish Folk School for Development of Consciousness offers a course in film and theatre through the school's David Lynch Film Department. Taught in the context of Consciousness-Based Education, which promotes the blossoming of inner creativity, the course provides an introduction to sound, lighting, scriptwriting, and drama. For students who intend to pursue a career in film, it is also a great opportunity to gain insight from renowned filmmaker David Lynch. Courses begin 16 January 2011. (more)

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Denmark: Mammography false alarms linked with later tumor risk
23 August 2014 - Women whose screening mammograms produce false alarms have a heightened risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer years later, but the reason remains mysterious, researchers say. An increased risk of breast cancer among women with a 'false positive' mammogram has been reported before. What's new about this study is that the authors tried to figure out how much, if any, of the extra risk is simply due to doctors missing the cancer the first time they investigated the worrisome mammogram findings. But mistakes from doctors missing cancers explained only a small percentage of the increased risk, according to lead author My von Euler-Chelpin, an epidemiologist from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. The American Cancer Society recommends that women be screened for breast cancer every year they are in good health starting at age 40. But a growing number of researchers have questioned the benefits of annual mammograms, and since 2009 the government-backed United States Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that screening be done every two years and be generally restricted to women aged 50 to 74. (more)

Denmark: Using a nicotine patch during pregnancy tied to higher ADHD risk
22 July 2014 - Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to a higher chance of the child having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and a new study suggests women who use nicotine replacement products may also have children with an elevated risk. Mothers who had quit smoking and those who used nicotine replacement products both tended to have babies with higher, healthier birth weights than current smokers, he noted. However, mothers who had quit smoking and those who used nicotine replacement products both tended to have babies with higher, healthier birth weights than current smokers,Dr Carsten Obelnoted. Smoking during pregnancy is known to be associated with a lower birth weight for the baby. 'The best advice will at this point probably be to try to stop smoking without use of nicotine replacement and preferably before getting pregnant,' Dr Obel said. (more)

Denmark: Stressful relationships may raise risk of death
26 May 2014 - Worries, conflicts and demands in relationships with friends, family, and neighbours may contribute to an earlier death suggests a new Danish study. 'Conflicts, especially, were associated with higher mortality risk regardless of whom was the source of the conflict,' the authors write. 'Worries and demands were only associated with mortality risk if they were related to partner or children.' Men and people without jobs seemed to be the most vulnerable, Rikke Lund, a public health researcher at the University of Copenhagen, and her colleagues found. Study participants who always or often experienced worries and demands from their children had about a 50 per cent increase in risk of death. Frequent conflicts also were linked to an increased risk of dying. Participants who always or often experienced conflicts with their partners or friends had more than double the risk of dying, and if they argued with neighbours, the risk more than tripled. Having conflicts or worries and demands, and not being part of the labor force was linked to a risk of death about 4.5 times that of a person without those problems. (more)

Denmark: Breast cancer radiation risks killer lung disease
8 April 2014 - Women who have received radiotherapy for breast cancer have a significantly increased risk of developing lung cancer, according to a new study. Doctors have found the risk of new lung tumours forming in women treated with radiation after breast cancer surgery rises as the dosage increases. A major study also shows the likelihood is far greater among women who are smokers. Women receiving radiation to the breast area have around a one in 200 chance of going on to develop a primary lung cancer -- ie, a new cancer, not a secondary tumour that has spread from the original breast cancer. (more)

Denmark: Prenatal acetaminophen exposure linked to ADHD risk
26 February 2014 - Children born to women who take acetaminophen during pregnancy may be at increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and similar behavioural problems, new findings suggest. Acetaminophen, or paracetamol, has been available over the counter since the 1950s. While the medication is widely considered to be safe to use during pregnancy, recent studies have shown it can disrupt hormone function in pregnant rats and mice. Researchers looked at 64,322 children and mothers enrolled in the Danish National Birth Cohort between 1996 and 2002. More than half -- 56 per cent -- of mothers reported using acetaminophen during pregnancy. Children born to these women were 37 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with hyperkinetic disorder (HKD), a severe form of ADHD. They were 29 per cent more likely to be prescribed ADHD medications, and 13 per cent more likely to exhibit ADHD-like behaviours at age 7. The acetaminophen-ADHD link was stronger for women who used the medication during more than one trimester of pregnancy, and increased with the frequency of exposure. (more)

Denmark: Self-medicating moms more likely to give kids pain medication
9 January 2014 - Mothers who frequently use over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers are more likely to give them to their children too, according to a new Danish study. More parents are giving OTC medications, such as acetaminophen, to their young children, often without the advice of health care professionals, the study team says. 'Half of all the medications used worldwide are non-prescription -- it is a huge and growing industry under limited control from the health care system,' Dr Janne Fangel Jensen, who led the research, said. Overdosing with acetaminophen can be dangerous, Dr Jensen cautioned. 'In my opinion it is important to limit the use of paracetamol to when it is indicated and to prevent an increasing 'over-medication' especially in children.' Researchers discovered that mothers who believed their children had recurrent pain tended to give them acetaminophen at least every other month. And, in general, mothers who took pain relievers themselves every month also reported giving acetaminophen to their children more often during the previous three months. Researchers worry that overuse of medications can train children to believe that's the only way to deal with symptoms. 'Parents need to be aware that if they give medication every time their child complains about a symptom, their child will learn that the ONLY way to get relief is through medications.' (more)

Denmark: Common solvent linked to liver cancer risk.
6 June 2013 - Scandinavian workers exposed to a common industrial cleaning fluid showed higher risk for developing cancers of the liver, kidneys, and cervix in a large new study. The World Health Organization designated TCE a human carcinogen in October 2012, but the chemical is still used widely in industry to clean machinery and in some etching processes, at levels believed to be too low to harm people. TCE is still used in the US at levels regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as an intermediate step in the production of refrigerant chemicals and for cleaning metal parts. Workers most often inhale the chemical, Purdue said, but it can be absorbed through skin. TCE contamination of drinking and bathing water supplies has led to multiple lawsuits in the US and a specially commissioned report in 2006 from the National Research Council. (more)

Traffic noise increases risk of diabetes
9 May 2013 - Noise from busy roads and highways can raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, possibly by interrupting sleep and increasing stress, according to a large study from Denmark. The risk increased by 8 to 11 per cent for every 10-decibel rise in road noise. The results add to the growing number of studies that link traffic noise to human health problems. (more)

Denmark: Acetaminophen in infancy again tied to asthma
9 November 2012 - Babies given acetaminophen for fevers and aches may have a heightened risk of asthma symptoms in their preschool years, a new study suggests. Researchers found that the more acetaminophen kids were given as infants, the more likely they were to develop asthma-like symptoms in early childhood. Senior researcher Dr. Hans Bisgaard, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark said the findings should encourage further research into a 'plausible biological mechanism' by which acetaminophen could promote asthma. Bisgaard's team found that the risk generally went up the more often a child was given acetaminophen in the first year of life. For each doubling in the number of days a baby received the drug, there was a 28 per cent increase in the risk of asthma symptoms. One recent study found that children given other common pain medications -- including ibuprofen and naproxen -- also had an increased asthma risk, but researchers said that suggested children with asthma symptoms were simply more likely to need the medications. Experts also say parents should avoid giving aspirin to children because the drug is linked to Reye syndrome -- a rare but serious disease that affects the brain and liver. (more)

Danger of painkillers for people who've had heart attacks does not fade with time
22 September 2012 - Common painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen are considered risky for people who've had a heart attack. And now a large study suggests those risks do not go away with time. In a study of almost 100,000 first-time heart attack sufferers, researchers found that those who used NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) afterward were more likely to have a repeat heart attack or die over the next five years. NSAIDs include over-the-counter painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve), as well as prescription arthritis drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors. The new findings suggest the drugs 'have no apparent safe treatment window among patients with (heart attack),' lead researcher Dr. Anne-Marie Schjerning Olsen, of Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, told Reuters Health by email. (more)


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