Denmark Current Affairs - 2020

India-Denmark sign MoUs

The Ministry of Power, India and Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Denmark signed Memorandum of Understanding on Energy Cooperation.

Highlights

Under the MoU, the countries have agreed to collaborate in areas such as long- term energy planning, offshore wind, consolidation of grid codes, incentivize power plants, increase flexibility in power purchase agreements. Through this, the Indian electricity markets are to benefit to a larger extent.

A joint work group is to be set up to establish specific details.

Recent news about Denmark

In April 2020, the United States offered financial aid to Greenland that angered Denmark. Greenland is an autonomous island that is under the territory of Denmark Kingdom. The financial help being offered are seen by Denmark as extension of colonial policy of US towards Greenland.

Greenland has largest deposits of rare-earth metals such as praseodymium, neodymium, dysprosium and terbium. For a long time, China has been the supplier of these rare-earth metals. Also, Arctic ice is melting at faster rate and opening up waters for maritime and military trade.

A new species “Troglomyces twitteri” discovered

A new parasitic fungus was discovered by a Denmark biologist called “Troglomyces twitteri”. The fungus has been named after Twitter as it was discovered in Twitter

Discovery

The biologist Sofia Reboleira of University of Copenhagen, Denmark founded the species. The image was posted in Twitter by an entomologist 1n 2018. He was sending millipede photos to people who had tweeted him. The photos were being sent for polling purpose.

About the new species

The photo of the millipede had tiny dots that looked like Fungi. The Fungi belongs to the order called Laboulbeniales. These are fungi that attack millipedes and insects. They look like larvae.

There are more than 30 different species that attack the millipedes.

Millipedes

The Millipedes are arthropods. They have two pairs of jointed legs. They feed on decaying leaves and dead matter. Thus, in a way they help in decomposition process. They cause trouble in greenhouses where they cause severe damages to seedlings. They are harmless to humans.