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Foggy Schiphol, 29 Dec 2016
Aug 16 '17 12:20

Dozens of flights from Schiphol airport were canceled on Wednesday morning due to . The airport expects that all affected passengers will be transferred to other flights during the course of the day, NU.nl reports.

Fog at Schiphol Airport, 28 Oct 2016
Aug 16 '17 07:27

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning stating that thick mists could cause traffic problems during morning rush hour. The warning is in effect for most of  the country.

The mist is expected to dissipate around 9:00 a.m. 

"Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility. Adjust speed and keep a sufficient following distance. Fog can be treacherous by sudden occurrence. Follow weather reports and warnings", the KNMI advises.

Pai Canyon in Thailand
Aug 15 '17 14:20

A 46-year-old Dutch tourist was rescued from a ravine in Mae Hong Son in Thailand on Monday night. Rescue workers believe the woman slipped while hiking in the mountains and fell into the six meter deep hole. She sustained injuries to her back, but is doing well under the circumstances, AD reports.

The Dutch woman spent about an hour and a half at the bottom of the ravine before the rescuers managed to get her out. She was taken to a hospital in Chiang Mai for X-rays and recovery. 

water
Aug 15 '17 13:40

Traces of the potentially carcinogenic substance GenX were found in the tap water of The Hague, Zoetermeer and Leiden, water company Dunea announced on Tuesday. The company stresses that the concentrations are very low and that the drinking water is still safe, AD reports.

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Aug 15 '17 10:20

Thunderstorms and heavy rains are expected to hit the eastern and southern provinces on Tuesday afternoon, Weeronline expects. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow storm warning taking effect from noon.

The storms may be accompanied by lightning, hail and strong winds blowing between 75 and 90 kilometers per hour, according to Weeronline.

"Avoid open water and open areas, don't shelter under trees", the KNMI warns. "Follow weather reports and warnings."

Aug 15 '17 09:40

As of January 1st next year, all airports in the Schiphol Group will run entirely on sustainable energy generated in the Netherlands. The airport company signed a long-term agreement to this effect with electricity provider Eneco, ANP reports.

The Schiphol group covers the airports Schiphol, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Lelystad. Together the airports use about 200 gigawatt hours of power every year. That's comparable to the consumption of 60 thousand households. 

Container ship CSCL Jupiter
Aug 14 '17 13:10

Large container ship CSCL Jupiter is stuck on the Westerschelde near Bath, the Rijkswaterstaat announced. Shipping traffic is halted for at least the rest of the day, ANP reports.

The CSCL Jupiter is 366 meters long, according to the news wire. As it is currently outgoing tide, nothing can be done about the ship right away, a spokesperson for the Rijkswaterstaat said. At high tide around 8:00 p.m., the ship will be freed.

How the container ship came to be stranded is not yet clear. It was sailing from Antwerp to Hamburg. 

Aug 14 '17 08:27

The Dutch government collected 25.3 billion euros in environmental taxes and levies last year, 3 percent more than in 2015, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Monday. Households carried almost two thirds of that amount. 

Paraffin on a beach between Heemskerk and Castricum, 11 Aug 2017
Aug 11 '17 16:10

Paraffin washed ashore on the beaches in Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland over the past days. The beaches will be cleaned up over the weekend, NOS reports.

Sunbathers can visit the beaches as usual, according to Rijkswaterstaat.

The paraffin washed ashore from Noordwijk to Zandvoort and from IJmuiden to Den Helder. It can only be cleaned up at low tide. 

Bearded saki monkey at Apenheul zoo
Aug 11 '17 12:50

Apenheul welcomed a new species of monkey this week. The zoo is now home to two bearded saki monkeys, making Apenheul one of only four zoos in all of Europe where these rare monkeys can be seen, De Stentor reports.

Bearded sakis can be recognized by their beard and thick tail. The two male bearded sakis now living in Apenheul come from Belfast and Colchester. They are still getting used to their new home in the Dutch zoo. One has already been spotted outside on the Wolapeneiland several times, the other is still a little shy.

Baby rhino born at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem, 10 Aug 2017
Aug 11 '17 12:10

A baby white rhinoceros was born at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem on Thursday night. Thousands of people watched the birth, which happened at 10:30 p.m., live via webcam, according to the zoo.

This is the second time mother Izala gives birth at the zoo. Her first baby was stillborn in January 2016. According to the zoo, it is common for white rhinos to struggle with the first birth. This second birth went very well. 

The new baby rhino is a girl and was named Wiesje, according to Omroep Gelderland.

Izala came to the Arnhem zoo from a zoo in Kolmarden, Sweden in 2013.

Plus Pool Project
Aug 9 '17 17:30

Heineken wants to make swimming in polluted New York City rivers a reality again buy helping build a floating pool that filters the dirty water. The 'Plus Pool Project' was already conceived in 2010, but the Dutch beer brewer is breathing new life into it by committing its name to the project, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Giant panda Xing Ya with his birthday cake at Ouwehands Zoo, 8 Aug 2017
Aug 9 '17 12:10

On Tuesday giant pandas Xing Ya and Wu Wen celebrated their 4th birthday in the Ouwehands zoo in Rhenen. To celebrate, the zoo gave each of them a giant birthday 'cake'.

Xing Ya's cake consisted of frozen water, beetroot juice, carrots and apples. The top layer was decorated with four candles made from bamboo and carrots. Wu Wen's cake was made from carrot juice and fruit. Both pandas seemed to enjoy their cakes, both in taste and as a new toy to play with.

Funchal airport on the Portuguese island of Madeira
Aug 8 '17 15:40

A group of 200 Dutch tourists are among thousands stuck on the Portuguese island of Madeira since Saturday. The flight set to bring the Dutch tourists home couldn't take off from Funchal Airport on Saturday due to heavy winds. An airplane sent to pick up the stranded tourists on Monday tried to land three times in vain, a spokesperson for TUI said to the Telegraaf.

Dozens of flights had to be canceled because the planes couldn't land or takeoff due to the weather. A total of around 6 thousand people are stranded on the island. 

Aug 8 '17 08:57

A large part of the Netherlands can expect rain and storms from early this afternoon, especially the central and northern parts of the country. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning, taking effect from 1:00 p.m.

Rainfall of up to 30 millimeters can be expected locally. There's also a chance of lightning, hail and strong winds. "Traffic and outside activities may be hindered", according to the KNMI. "Avoid open water and open areas, don't shelter under trees."

Atalanta butterfly
Aug 4 '17 16:50

The Netherlands' annual butterfly count is happening this weekend. The Vlinderstichting calls on everyone to participate. "The idea is that the people walk around their garden for 15 minutes and count the butterflies", Kars Veling of the foundation said to broadcaster NOS.

Kite surfing
Aug 3 '17 12:10

The Dutch weather services expect strong winds along the coast this afternoon. Campers and water sporters, like surfers or sailors, are warned to be careful.

The KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning, taking effect from 2:00 p.m. Gusts of up to 80 kilometers per hour are expected along the coast. Further inland will also be windy, but Weerplaza doesn't expect it to cause problems there. 

Dairy Farm
Aug 1 '17 10:40

The Netherlands' agriculture sector has relatively the lowest impact on the environment of all the countries in the world, according to a study by ABN Amro. Per kilo of agricultural product, the Netherlands 'footprint' of, among others, CO2, energy, pesticides and antibiotics is the lowest, the bank concludes, NOS reports.

Crime scene
Aug 1 '17 08:51

A 42-year-old man drowned in the Zevenhuizerplas in Rotterdam on Monday. He was swimming with his teenage son when he disappeared under water, NOS reports.

The boy tried to save him, but to no avail. Emergency services pulled the Bleiswijk man's body out of the water after a 20 minute search. The emergency services believe that the man became exhausted while swimming and couldn't make it back to the shore.

Nine animals rescued from the Magic World Zoo in Aleppo, destroyed during the Syrian Civil War
Jul 28 '17 12:20

Dutch animal caretaker Juno van Zon is currently in Karacabey, Turkey to help care for nine lions, tigers, bears and hyenas recently rescued from the destroyed Magic World zoo in Aleppo, Syria. The animals' rescue was planned by international aid organization Four Paws.

Meteor photographed during the maximum of the Perseid swarm, 12 Aug 2016
Jul 26 '17 16:40

The coming nights will be ideal for star gazing in the Netherlands, if the weather plays along and you're willing to stay up late. A meteor shower will be very visible in the Dutch skies over the next few days, according to Weeronline.

Tonight 19 meteorites will penetrate the atmosphere per hour. And over the weekend it will be 23 to 24 per hour, or a shooting star every two or three minutes. These will be visible to the naked eye, according to the weather service.

Forest fire raging in La Croix-Valmer, France, 24 Jul 2017
Jul 26 '17 14:20

Most of the Dutch tourists currently spending their holidays in the south of France have experienced little trouble from forest fires raging in the area, tour operators Neckermann Reizen and Vrij Uit said to RTL Nieuws on Wednesday. 

Forest fires have been raging in southern France near St Tropez and on Corsica since early this week. But of the tourists who booked holidays through the two companies, none had to be evacuated or had to leave the area prematurely. "Our customers don't notice much about that", a spokesperson said to the broadcaster. "They're enjoying their holiday."

Forest fire raging in La Croix-Valmer, France, 24 Jul 2017
Jul 25 '17 15:00

Dozens of Dutch tourists were evacuated from their holiday homes and campsites in southern France on Tuesday due to fierce forest fires in the area. The dry, hot weather and strong winds mean that the fires are spreading quickly, but the French fire department says it has the situation under reasonable control, the Telegraaf reports.

Giant catfish washes ashore in Zwijndrecht, Zuid-Hooland, 24 Jul 2017
Jul 25 '17 13:35

A massive dead catfish washed ashore in Zwijndrecht, Zuid-Holland on Monday. The cadaver had to be hoisted out of the Oude Maas using a pulley system. According to the municipality, the fish was about 2 meters long.

The catfish was found on the shore near Marsdiep. The municipality nicknamed it "fish devil". As the fish was so large and already decomposing, it was quickly transported to a waste processor, municipal spokesperson Dirk Timmers said to AD. 

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