Nature

Mar 24 '17 13:05

Dutch European Parliamentarian Annie Schreijer-Pierik is handing a petition to stop Daylight Savings Time to European Commissioner Violeta Bulc. On Sunday the Netherlands and other EU countries are setting their clocks one hour ahead.

The petition was organized by Dutch woman Anouk Verhaaff and signed by over 20 thousand people, Trouw reports. Schreijer is pleased with the number of signatures. The petition will be handed over to Bulc because she is busy with a study on the costs and benefits of Daylight Saving Time. The results are expected in October.

Mar 23 '17 15:40

The Port of Rotterdam is taking its first steps in going green. On Thursday Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port, is meeting with almost everyone involved in the port on the ss Rotterdam to present two ambitious options for the port's energy transition, NRC reports.

Mondriaan flower mosaic in the Keukenhof, March 2017
Mar 23 '17 13:55

The Keukenhof opens for the season on Thursday. This season will be in the theme of Dutch Design, with floral designs inspired by works by Dutch artists. The center piece this year is a floral work inspired by Mondriaan, NU.nl reports.

The Mondriaan work is a 250 square meters floral mosaic designed in the famous Mondriaan colored squares and rectangles. A massive 80 thousand bulbs were planted in two layers to keep the mosaic in bloom throughout the spring. It consists of tulips, grape hyacinths and crocus.

Mar 23 '17 09:41

played a crucial role in a rescue operation at 5,000 meters altitude in the Himalayas before he disappeared last year. A few weeks before his disappearance, Wilson helped keep five British mountaineers with altitude sickness alive long enough for help to come, Het Parool reports.

A badgers' burrow
Mar 20 '17 14:55

Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat sent a badger expert to Utrecht's Amelisweerd to investigate reports of a badger's burrow found in the forest. Should there indeed be a burrow in the forest with badgers, a protected species, living there, it could affect the expansion of the A27 highway, NU.nl reports. 

An avalanche in progress
Mar 20 '17 07:25

The body of a missing snowboarder from Nijmegen was found on Sunday, almost two weeks after he was buried by an avalanche in the French Alps. He and two friends were on March 7th while on a skiing vacation with a group of other Nijmegen students.

A false gharial at Artis zoo
Mar 17 '17 18:20

Artis zoo managed to successful artificially inseminate false gharial this week. As far as is known, this is the first time in the world that artificial insemination was successfully done on this species of crocodile, Artis announced in a press release

The zoo has had this endangered species of crocodile in residence since 1887. There are only an estimated 2,500 false gharials in the wild. They can be found in Malaysia, southern Myanmar and on the Indonesian islands of Borneo, Java and Sumatra. 

Rat snake on the loose in Etten-Leur,
Mar 17 '17 10:55

A rat snake escaped form its cage on Bazuinlaan in Etten-Leur on Thursday night. The police call on residents to keep an eye out for the snake, so it can be returned home.

The snake is not venomous and completely harmless, the police assure local residents. It is about a meter long and has a distinctive orange color.

If you spot the snake, call the police. 

Dog Nio ate his boss' voting pass, 15 Mar 2017
Mar 15 '17 16:05

Enschede man Erik van Bommel can't vote today because his dog Nio tore his voting pass into a thousand pieces last night. He reached out to the municipality, only to be told that no new voting ballots will be issued today. So he's out of luck.

Van Bommel is angry at both his dog and the municipality of Enschede. "He never takes anything off the table. And now this. And I was so eager to vote", he said to Tubantia. "But the municipality said that I should've applied for a new voting pass yesterday before noon. Isn't that weird? Shouldn't it be faster?"

Giant Panda
Mar 14 '17 16:55

Chinese giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya will be coming to the Netherlands on April 12th. They will arrive at Schiphol before being transported ot the Ouwehand Zoo in Rhenen, where they will stay, NU.nl reports.

The Dutch public will still have to wait a while before being able to see the pandas. They have to spend a few weeks in quarantine after their arrival. 

Bearded vulture
Mar 14 '17 12:15

Bird watchers in Rotterdam and Den Bosch reported multiple sightings of the extremely rare bearded vulture, Waarneming.nl announced on Monday. With a wingspan of up to 2.8 meters, the bearded vulture is the largest bird of prey in Europe, ANP reports.

The bearded vulture does not naturally occur in the Netherlands. Nature reservation agency Natuurmonumenten expects that the bird will soon leave our country. Bearded vultures mainly feed on carcasses of large animals, something that's hard to find in the Netherlands.

Avalanche
Mar 10 '17 11:25

Despite unfavorable weather conditions, the French authorities are resuming the search for a missing Dutch snowboarder, who was buried by an avalanche with two friends on Tuesday. The victims were identified as Timo (22), Marcel (21) and Mark (25), all from Nijmegen, AD reports.

Avalanche
Mar 9 '17 12:50

The participants of a fatal skiing holiday in the French Alps, organized by Christian student association Navigators, arrived back in Nijmegen on Thursday morning. At least on Tuesday, a third is still missing, the Telegraaf reports.

An avalanche in progress
Mar 9 '17 07:26

Rescue workers are resuming their search on Thursday morning for a third Dutch student that went missing with two other Dutch in an avalanche on Tuesday afternoon. The other two were found dead, AD reports.

The avalanche happened around 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The French police received a report of three missing snowboarders around 7:00 p.m. Due to the bad weather, the first search and rescue helicopter only started searching at around 9:00 p.m.

Mar 8 '17 16:20

Dutch electricity grid operator TenneT plans to invest 25 billion euros into green energy infrastructure on land and sea over the next decade, the company announced with its annual results on Wednesday. One of the company's plans is building one or more artificial islands on the North Sea to be the connection between the mainland and thousands of wind turbines far offshore, ANP reports.

Rhino Vince at Burgers' Zoo
Mar 8 '17 14:05

A rhino that was killed in a zoo some 50 kilometers outside Paris for its horn on Monday night, was born at the Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem, the zoo confirmed on Twitter.

Rhino Vince was born in Arnhem in 2012 and was moved to France in 2015 as part of a breeding program. 

Somewhere during Monday night and Tuesday morning, poachers broke into the French zoo, shot the rhino and sawed off his horn. Rhino horn is worth a lot of money and for that reason rhinos across the world are in danger of poaching.

Avalanche
Mar 8 '17 11:10

A 22-year-old Dutch snowboarder died in the French Alps after being buried under an avalanche on Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. Two others, age 21 and 25 years, are still missing. Their families were informed, AD reports.

Rescue workers resumed the search for the missing snowboarders at 7:30 a.m.

French media report that the three were snowboarding in the region of Le Seuil, about 60 kilometers east of Grenoble. This is a particularly dangerous area known for avalanches. It is unclear what they were doing outside the safe zones. 

An avalanche in progress
Mar 8 '17 09:00

At least one Dutch person was killed in an avalanche at a ski resort in the French Alps, the French police are saying, according to NOS. Two other Dutch are missing.

According to Reuters, it is unclear whether there are any more victims.

The avalanche happened in the Savoy region near the Italian border, according to NU.nl. On Tuesday there was another avalanche in the same area that buried dozens of people under the snow. All of them were rescued.

Mar 7 '17 16:10

Emissions from scooters and mopeds are so high that they are harmful to cyclists' health, according to a study done by municipal health institute GGD Gelderland-Midden. The health institute calls for scooters and mopeds to be removed from the bike path and onto the road in order to immediatley improve the air quality for cyclists, RTL Nieuws reports.

13,000 year old remains of a pine tree found in Leusden, Utrecht, March 2017
Mar 6 '17 12:00

The remains of a 13 thousand year old pine forest was found in Leusden in the province of Utrecht, the University of Utrecht said on its website. According to researchers from Utrecht University and the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Service, the discovery is very important as the trees give an accurate picture of the effects of an abrupt and drastic change in climate.

Pepper the cat
Mar 3 '17 13:45

Pepper the cat, an adventurous Dutch feline who six months after going missing from her Tilburg home, did not come out of her adventures unscathed. Pepper picked up lung-worm and now needs expensive medical care.

The cat is currently in an oxygen cage at an Utrecht animal hospital. This treatment costs 350 euros a day, something Pepper's owner Franka can not afford, according to Omroep Brabant

Mar 2 '17 07:59

A code yellow weather warning for strong winds is currently in effect for most of the Netherlands. Only Friesland and Groningen are not affected. According to meteorological institute KNMI, the rest of the country can expect gusts of up to 90 kilometers per hour.

This could have consequences for traffic and outside activities, the KNMI warns. "Follow weather forecasts and warnings."

Mar 1 '17 09:35

The four largest cities in the Netherlands, united under G4, want the Dutch government to invest 35 billion euros into sustainability and infrastructure in the Randstad. The G4's plans span 15 years in which time some 1 million "green" homes will be built and accessibility to the city regions will be greatly improved, Het Parool reports.

The Mayors of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht met with Prime Minister Mark Rutte a few weeks ago to present their plan, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb confirmed to the newspaper.

Ice skating
Feb 28 '17 16:35

This winter was much milder, sunnier and with fewer rainfalls than previous winters, meteorological institute KNMI said on Tuesday, the last day of meteorological winter. December and February were particularly mild. The KNMI considers January cold due to a few days with mild to moderate frost, NU.nl reports.

The average temperatures for December, January and February was 3.8 degrees. The average for the period 1981 to 2010 is 3.4 degrees. 

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