Nature

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."

solar energy
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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Feb 28 '17 11:15

To reach the targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement, the European Union must reduce its CO2 emissions faster, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment said in Brussels at a meeting of EU Environment Ministers on Tuesday. The EU's ambitions are too low and the Netherlands and other countries are so concerned that they are considering voting against the EU plans and teaming up to come to their own, separate and more ambitious agreements, the Volkskrant reports. 

Feb 28 '17 09:41

Dutch oil and gas giant Shell has known about the dangers of climate change for over 30 years, yet still continues to work with fossil fuels and does its best to frustrate an effective approach to the climate problems facing the world, according to a reconstruction done by De Correspondent and published on Tuesday.

Humpback whale spotted in the port of Den Helder, 27 Feb 2017
Feb 27 '17 16:25

A humpback whale was spotted swimming in the naval port of Den Helder on Monday, SOS Dolfijn said on Twitter. "The animal shows normal behavior, so leave it alone for now is the current advice", the sanctuary for whales in the North Sea said.

SOS Dolfijn expects that the whale will leave the harbor by itself.

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Feb 27 '17 08:02

Meteorological institute KNMI triggered a code yellow weather warning because of a storm that is expected to hit the Netherlands on Monday afternoon. The storm will bring strong winds and heavy rainfall with it, according to the institute.

The code yellow warning applies to the entire Netherlands and takes effect at 3:00 p.m. The storm will hit the southwest of the country first before spreading across the rest of the Netherlands. Wind gusts of up to 75 kilometers per hour can be expected. The storm may also be accompanied by hail and lightning.

A storm damaged silo leaked 3 million liters of manure into Aalten, Gelderland, 24 Feb 2017
Feb 24 '17 15:45

The storm that hit the Netherlands on Thursday damaged a manure silo in Aalten, Gelderland to such an extent that some 3 million liters of manure leaked out into the town, AD reports.

The leak was only discovered this morning. The ditches in the town are full of manure and it looks like the Schaarsbeek is also contaminated. A number of streets are also flooded. Water board Rijn IJssel closed a number of dikes to try and prevent the Oude IJssel becoming contaminated.

Firefighters in Sint Philipsland, Zeeland deal with a tree blown over by a storm, 23 Feb 2017
Feb 24 '17 12:40

The storm that hit the Netherlands on Thursday caused less than 10 million euros in damage, according to the first estimates of the Dutch Association of Insurers.

"The exact amount of damage is not yet known, but it wil remain below 10 million euros", a spokesperson for the association said to newspaper AD.

Firefighters in Geffen, Brabant deal with a tree blown over by a storm, 23 Feb 2017
Feb 24 '17 09:01

Around midnight meteorological institute KNMI withdrew a for strong winds triggered by a February storm that hit the Netherlands on Thursday. The winds died down somewhat overnight. And while emergency services were busy due to the bad weather, so far the damage caused by the storm seem less severe than expected, NOS reports.

Feb 23 '17 18:46

A plane destined for Amsterdam crash landed at the Dutch capital's airport Thursday evening after its right landing gear apparently collapsed. The FlyBe plane departed from Edinburgh, Scotland with 59 people on the aircraft.

The plane wound up next to the runway in the aftermath of the incident. It was not revealed if the rough winds that forced flight cancellations in Thursday had anything to do with the crash. Wind gusts were expected to hit 130 km/h on Thursday.

Videos shared on social media separated to show the plane's propellers striking the ground.

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Feb 23 '17 14:45

In an effort to reduce the number of serious dog bites a year, the Netherlands may soon compile a list of "high risk" dogs for which stricter rules will apply, according to advise the council for animal affairs RDA sent to the government, RTL Nieuws reports.

The list of high risk dogs is still being prepared. For the list experts assess dog breeds on how likely they are to bite and what the impact of a bite can be. The owners of dogs on the list will be subject to stricter rules and measures.

Wind sock
Feb 23 '17 07:36

A massive storm is set to hit the Netherlands this afternoon, bringing with it winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour. The windy weather is expected to cause problems with all forms of transport in the country, from motor traffic to planes.

Double decker train in Amsterdam
Feb 22 '17 16:53

With wind gusts expected to reach 130 km/h on Thursday, the Dutch national railway NS preemptively cancelled trains nationwide. The trains will run on a substantially reduced schedule so crews have enough time to deal with incidents like downed wires and fallen trees.

NS told passengers it made the decision in unison with ProRail, which runs handles maintenance on the railroads. The NS took to its mobile app and website to announce the decision.

Schiphol
Feb 22 '17 12:05

Schiphol advises all travelers to keep an eye on their airline's website for actual flight information, as the windy weather in the Netherlands is causing delays. Meteorological institute KNMI for strong winds for Thursday, but this morning a number of flights were already delayed due to the weather.

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