Nature

Bull
Jun 2 '17 12:45

A bull escaped from a slaughterhouse on Jan van Galenstraat in Amsterdam-West on Friday morning and roamed the streets of te city for around 30 minutes. The animal was finally caught by the police and a veterinarian, who lured him back into captivity using a cow, AT5 reports. 

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Jun 2 '17 07:54

The United States is pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, president Donald Trump announced in a statement at the White House on Thursday afternoon, local time. The Netherlands deplores this decision, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in response. Our country and the rest of the world remains committed to battling climate change, he stressed. Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders called Trump's decision a "cardinal error", Environment State Secretary Sharon Dijksma called it a "historic mistake".

Baby owl rescued from coal mill in Eygelshoven, Limburg, 31 May 2017
Jun 1 '17 15:55

An eagle-owl chick narrowly escaped death in the Limburg town of Eygelshoven on Wednesday. The baby animal somehow found his way into a coal mill. If alert employees hadn't noticed him, there would be nothing of the bird left.

The mill employees quickly turned the machine off and called the local Animal Ambulance, according to AD. One of the rescuers, Rene Coumans, posted a video and photos of the rescue on his Facebook page and was flooded with reactions. 

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Jun 1 '17 11:45

The Dutch government expects to make nearly 8 billion euros more on taxes and premiums than estimated on Budget Day last year, according to the Spring Memo sent to parliament by Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Thursday. The extra money mainly comes from VAT (€2.4 billion), corporate tax (€2.3 billion) and wage and income tax (€1.2 billion), NU.nl reports.

The Spring Memo shows the changes the government made since the budget was presented on Budget Day in September last year.

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Jun 1 '17 09:18

State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment calls it a "bitter disappointment" that the United States seems to be planning to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, as American media reported widely on Wednesday. "If it's true, today is a sad day for the world", she said to RTL Nieuws.

On Wednesday American media sources massively reported that president Donald Trump will abandon the climate pact, though there is no official confirmation from the White House yet. On Twitter Trump said he will announce his plans at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, local time. 

A buzzard in flight
May 31 '17 12:45

A buzzard living in Drenthe seems to have taken a disliking to a certain cyclist. Theo Rook from Westerbork was attacked by the bird of prey four times last week. The attacks always happen in about the same spot on his cycling route from Westerbork to Emmen, RTV Drenthe reports.

Giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya
May 30 '17 07:58

After seven weeks in quarantine, giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya will make their first public appearance at the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen this afternoon. "We have been waiting for this moment for a long time", zoo director Robin de Lange said to RTV Utrecht. "You can imagine that if you wait for something so long, then your are very happy that it's finally happening today."

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May 29 '17 14:45

On Monday the Netherlands royal hiking federation KWBN advised schools and other organizations to cancel the first night of the annual four evening marches should the weather make it necessary. Meteorological institute KNMI for the entire country for Monday and the KWBN calls on participants not to take any risks, NU.nl reports.

A6 highway between Lelystad and Muiden closed after a car ended up in the water, killing 3 people, 29 May 2017
May 29 '17 11:35

A total of four people were killed in a number of serious traffic accidents in the Netherlands on Monday morning. Three people were killed along the A6 towards Muiden when their car ended up in the water. And a cyclist was killed in Breda when she was hit by a truck. A toddler in a trailer on the bicycle survived unharmed.

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May 29 '17 07:33

Meteorological institute KNMI warns of thunderstorms in the Netherlands on Monday. A code yellow weather warning was issued for the entire country. The north-western parts of the country can expect thunderstorms this morning. From this afternoon more storms will enter the country from the south, according to the KNMI.

May 26 '17 09:43

Sunshine and high temperatures are expected for the Netherlands this weekend. Weerplaza expects many Dutch to head towards the beaches, and warns motorists to be ready for traffic jams - be sure to have drinking water and sunscreen in the car.

Holiday
May 26 '17 09:18

First aid posts in Hoek van Holland worked overtime on Thursday, the first day of the 'beach season' in the Netherlands. About 200 people needed treatment after the combination of sun, hot weather, alcohol and drugs became too much for them, the local safety office said on Thursday night, ANP reports. 

Six people had to be taken to hospital for further treatment.

Summer at the beach
May 25 '17 13:15

While the weather services are forecasting hot and sunny weather in the Netherlands this weekend, with temperatures up to 30 degrees, the sea water is still very cold, the Dutch Rescue Brigade warns. Swimmers may face cramps and hypothermia if they're not careful, AD reports.

This warning applies for the North Sea, but also for inland lakes, canals and other bodies of water. 

Amsterdam Tulip Festival 2017
May 24 '17 15:25

This spring was a record season for flowers in the Netherlands. Famous flower park Keukenhof in Lisse welcomed a record number of 1.4 million visitors. And the Amsterdam Tulip Festival featured over 550 blooming tulips.

The Keukenhof considered this a "top season", NU.nl reports. Due to a relatively cool spring, the flowers were in full bloom for eight weeks. 

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May 24 '17 14:15

Shell shareholders turned down an activist proposal urging the company to commit to the Paris Climate Agreement at the shareholders meeting in Scheveningen on Tuesday, were climate strategy was the main topic. This outcome meant that concrete action or measurable quotas are not deemed necessary by Shell shareholders in order to reduce emission. 

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May 22 '17 11:05

American companies will face detrimental consequences if U.S. president Donald Trump decides to withdraw his country from the Paris climate agreement, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden warned in an interview with British newspaper Financial Times. Van Beurden is one of the first to criticize Trump's decisions from the business community, which is set to benefit from Trump's promises of tax cuts and relaxed rules, RTL Nieuws reports.

Holiday
May 22 '17 10:30

Sun lovers can expect an excellent week in the Netherlands, according to Buienradar. The week will be mostly sunny and warm, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees by the weekend, RTL Nieuws reports

Today will be sunny with temperatures ranging from 18 degrees on the coast to 25 degrees inland. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will see some cloud cover, but most places will stay dry. Afternoon temperatures will range between 18 degrees on the coast to 24 degrees in the southeast. 

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May 18 '17 09:58

The Netherlands had its first tropical day of the year on Wednesday with temperatures above 30 degrees in several places. In Hoek van Holland and Ell, Limburg the maximum climbed to 31 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature measured at a KNMI weather station on May 17th ever, according to Weeronline.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem with the case containing the Netherlands annual budget
May 17 '17 13:05

The Dutch government debt was 32 billion euros lower than expected at the end of 2016, according to the Annual Financial Report Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem presented to the senate and lower house of parliament on Wednesday, ANP reports.

Giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya arrived in the Netherlands on 12 Apr 2017
May 16 '17 16:45

Fans of the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen will get their first chance to see the newly-arrived Giant Pandas beginning on Tuesday, May 30.

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May 15 '17 12:00

Summer weather is hitting the Netherlands this week, with plenty of sunshine and high temperatures. In some places in Noord-Brabant and Limburg the thermometers may even hit 30 degrees on Wednesday, according to Weeronline.

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May 12 '17 10:00

The Ocean Cleanup Project in the Pacific Ocean will start sooner and work faster, than initially planned founder Boyan Slat announced on Thursday. "We will start the cleanup early next year", the 22-year-old inventor and environmental activist said. "Within five years we will have cleaned up 50 percent of the plastic waste.", ANP reports.

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May 12 '17 09:31

The Dutch government should do more to protect historic shipwrecks in the Wadden Sea and North Sea from looters, tides and mussel bank constructions, the five coastal provinces wrote in a letter to Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Science. If there is no intervention, hundreds of those historic shipwrecks and their sometimes precious cargo may be lost, they write, NOS reports.

The provinces want an investigation to be done to map the status of the shipwrecks. Based on the results, the necessary measures can be taken.

Flyingrainbowflag
May 11 '17 15:05

The PvdA in the Provincial States of Zuid-Holland thinks that the province should do more to facilitate sex in the outdoors. The party is concerned about the declining number of gay cruising spots in the province and thinks that the province should do more to protect them or create new ones, Anne Koning of the PvdA said to Omroep West.

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