GOLF & THE ENVIRONMENT Denmark

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GOLF & THE ENVIRONMENT Denmark

September 23, 2009

Welcome to Denmark.Welcome to Denmark.

The Lbker Golf Resort manages to offer excellent golf despite extremely limited use of water and pesticides. Pictured is the 140-yard 8th hole on the Sky Course.The Lbker Golf Resort manages to offer excellent golf despite extremely limited use of water and pesticides. Pictured is the 140-yard 8th hole on the Sky Course.

Lbker provides a refuge not just for golfers, but also for rare toads, newts, salamanders and orchids in this protected no-go area that crosses the 1st and 9th holes of the Sky Course.Lbker provides a refuge not just for golfers, but also for rare toads, newts, salamanders and orchids in this protected no-go area that crosses the 1st and 9th holes of the Sky Course.

Golf course living, Danish style.Golf course living, Danish style.

Thomas Bjrn allegedly owns this house.Thomas Bjrn allegedly owns this house.

Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, has been ranked as the world's "most livable" city.Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, has been ranked as the world's "most livable" city.

Gasoline is 10 Danish krone a litre -- almost $9 a gallon -- so Danes rely on bicycles and excellent public transport. More than a third of commuters in Copenhagen -- a city of 1.7 million people -- travel to work by bicycle.Gasoline is 10 Danish krone a litre -- almost $9 a gallon -- so Danes rely on bicycles and excellent public transport. More than a third of commuters in Copenhagen -- a city of 1.7 million people -- travel to work by bicycle.

Fures Golf Club has drastically cut water and pesticide use by increasing the amount of fescue throughout the golf course. The fairway in the distance doubles as a giant research field.Fures Golf Club has drastically cut water and pesticide use by increasing the amount of fescue throughout the golf course. The fairway in the distance doubles as a giant research field.

This sunken receptacle at Fures prevents tee mower blades from getting dulled on broken tees.This sunken receptacle at Fures prevents tee mower blades from getting dulled on broken tees.

The world's first "Active House," in Lystrup, which produces more energy than its inhabitants use thanks to solar panels for electricity, solar cells and a solar pump for hot water, and an automatic climate-control system.The world's first "Active House," in Lystrup, which produces more energy than its inhabitants use thanks to solar panels for electricity, solar cells and a solar pump for hot water, and an automatic climate-control system.

Project Manager Rikke Lildholdt (pictured) says the Active House gives its inhabitants plenty of light and air. "We need these things," she says. "We are like flowers. Without them we simply close up."Project Manager Rikke Lildholdt (pictured) says the Active House gives its inhabitants plenty of light and air. "We need these things," she says. "We are like flowers. Without them we simply close up."

Denmark is entirely energy self-sufficient, with 20 percent of its needs coming from renewable sources such as wind energy (roughly half of the world's wind turbines are made by Danish companies). Denmark has the world's highest taxes, gives more of its GDP to foreign aid than almost any other country, and also ranks first in the world for happiness.Denmark is entirely energy self-sufficient, with 20 percent of its needs coming from renewable sources such as wind energy (roughly half of the world's wind turbines are made by Danish companies). Denmark has the world's highest taxes, gives more of its GDP to foreign aid than almost any other country, and also ranks first in the world for happiness.

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