Climate change will bring some challenges for us up to 2100. In addition to significantly more extreme weather, many countries are also likely to fight against rising sea levels. So does Denmark, which wants to build an artificial island with a mega project by 2070. Once completed, up to 35,000 people will live in the new area.
The island would then be called Lynetteholm and would be connected to the mainland proper by roads, tunnels and a subway line. The parliament in Copenhagen has already approved the construction, the project would have an area of 2.6 square kilometers. That doesn’t sound like much at first, but you have to keep in mind that this is a project on the sea.
A dam is to be built around the site, which will protect both the residents and the port of Copenhagen. The foundations should be completely finished by 2035, but it should then take another 35 years until everything is in place. The major project requires a lot of resources, one reason why environmentalists are also alarmed.
Because 80 million tons of soil must first reach their destination. In order to achieve this, trucks that run permanently on diesel would have to find their way through the capital. In addition to the exposure to noise, this will also have an impact on the air quality in Copenhagen. That is why environmentalists suggest that the transport be carried out with electric trucks.
Even so, the largest infrastructure project in the history of Denmark poses another threat. It is completely unclear to what extent the piling up on the masses of earth affects the sea creatures. Ultimately, habitats could be destroyed and fish driven away. The last word on Lynetteholm does not seem to have been said for a long time.
Climate change requires that more and more regions adapt to the climate of the future. Denmark is taking an interesting path and could also become a pioneer for other metropolitan regions. The only question is whether piling up land is worthwhile in the long term or whether the effort outweighs the benefits.