Nature

Apr 26 '17 08:52

Put environmental goals down in the law, reduce gas extraction in Groningen to almost zero, implement a road tax based on kilometers and emissions, ban the sale of fossil-fueled vehicles after 2025 and close all the coal plants in the Netherlands, the environmental committees of six political parties write in a proposal for the climate portion of the governance agreement, the Volkskrant reports. 

Winterswijk quarry
Apr 25 '17 12:25

A very rare fossil of a beetle that lived in the Netherlands 200 million years ago was found in a quarry in Winterswijk, according to a scientific publication in Paläontologische Zeitschrift written by paleontologists from Utrecht University, ANP reports.

Stormy sea
Apr 25 '17 08:22

The risk of large foods on coasts across the world will grow rapidly in the coming decades, according to researchers from Delft water management institute Deltares and the Dutch institute for environmental issues IVM-VU. Due to soil decline and the rising sea level, heavy storms will threaten about 50 percent more people in 2080 compared to the current situation. Damages will also get much bigger and there will be more victims, ANP reports. 

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Apr 24 '17 10:04

A whole range of weather conditions is expected on King's Day in the Netherlands on Thursday. Weerplaza predicts a chance of rain showers, hail and thunderstorms, as well as blue skies and sunshine. 

According to the weather agency, the weather will vary greatly from place to place. One province may have thunderstorms, while the next one has sunshine. But the entire country can expect afternoon temperatures around 10 degrees Celsius or lower. 

Apr 24 '17 09:35

Ninety Dutch professors called on the new government to invest 200 billion euros into sustainability in the coming decades, in an open letter published in Trouw on Monday. With this money the Netherlands can build new, smart infrastructure for green energy, sustainable water supply and climate-conscious mobility, according to the professors.

Guus Velders
Apr 21 '17 17:45

Dutch climate change professor Guus Velders was named as one of the most influential people on the planet in the T. He is the only Dutch person to make it onto the list.

Giant Panda Wu Wen at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, Utrecht
Apr 21 '17 17:05

Two Giant Pandas that recently arrived in the Netherlands are doing well and enjoying their new home at the Ouwehands Zoo, the zoo said on Friday. A new video released by the Rhenen, Utrecht zoo shows Xing Ya relaxing on his back and enjoying a bamboo snack in his new habitat.

His panda partner, Wu Wen, did not make an appearance. The bamboo was grown in the Netherlands, and is part of the 30 kilos of bamboo the two will eat every day.

Frost on a windscreen
Apr 20 '17 09:21

Temperatures dropped below zero almost everywhere in the Netherlands during the early hours of Thursday morning. The lowest temperatures was -9.2 degrees Celsius, measured in Achterhoek, according to Weeronline. Only in Vlissingen temperatures stayed above 0. The chilly weather will last until at least after King's Day, Weeronline expects.

Motorists across the Netherlands had to scrape frost off their windshields this morning. And fruit growers had a busy night protecting their crop from the cold. 

Frosty daisy
Apr 19 '17 15:05

After a mild start to April, it seems the Netherlands has been dropped back into winter. Tuesday night brought frost to large parts of the country, and many places across the Netherlands measured the coldest temperatures in decades, according to Weerplaza.

Live European eels found in the luggage of a Chinese couple at Schiphol, 17 Apr 2017
Apr 19 '17 11:35

The Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA and Customs arrested a Chinese couple on Easter Monday for trying to smuggle 72 kilograms of live eels through Schiphol to China, the NVWA announced. The European eels were found in 36 plastic bags that were filled with water and hidden in six regular suitcases. 

According to the NVWA, the eels have a street value of around 115 thousand euros in China. An official report was filed against the Chinese couple and they will have to appear in court in July.

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Apr 18 '17 14:15

The use of plastic bags dropped 71 percent since the Dutch government , according to a report commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment on the results of the ban. Some 300 retailers were questioned about their experience with the free plastic bag ban, NU.nl reports.

Wild boar
Apr 18 '17 13:05

A wild boar got stuck in a fence on Dianestraat in Waalre on Monday afternoon. The animal was eventually shot and killed by a hunter, after firefighters unsuccessfully tried to free the boar by sawing through the fence bars, a witness said to Omroep Brabant.

Hemweg coal plant in Amsterdam
Apr 18 '17 10:45

A c to close the Amsterdam coal plant on Hemweg collected over 5 million euros. Over 41 thousand people and organizations supported the campaign.

At 10:20 a.m. on Monday the campaign raised 5,085,395 euros from 41,547 supporters. The objective of the campaign is to buy the Hemweg plant from owner Nuon and then close it. 

Apr 18 '17 07:45

Emissions of greenhouse gas methane is much higher in the Netherlands than existing figures would suggest, according to De Correspondent. Since 1990 methane emissions did not decrease by 43 percent, but only by 20 percent, the newspaper reports based on measurements in the field by journalist Han van de Wiel.

Methane gas is a much stronger and more dangerous greenhouse gas than CO2 and is especially released by cattle. Existing figures on this gas are based on estimates and unverifiable claims from the industry - not actual measurements, according to the newspaper.

Snow and Hail fall in Friesland
Apr 17 '17 14:18

Frigid, and potentially freezing temperatures are expected across the Netherlands this week, dashing the hopes of many residents that a warm spring would make its return. The thermometer is expected to plummet as low as -1 degrees in Venlo, Limburg on Wednesday morning, but a strong Northerly wind will make it feel like -8 degrees there.

The city near the German border will like face three straight days of freezing temperatures in the early morning hours. Snow and sleet is even possible in parts of Limburg this week.

Pandas Xing Ya and Wu Weng on their way to their new home at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, 12 Apr 2017
Apr 14 '17 08:25

While panda enthusiasts across the Netherlands on Wednesday, Amnesty International posted a video on social media reminding people not to let the pandas make them forget about all the human rights violations in China.

Pink Pelican
Apr 14 '17 08:00

The police are looking for three suspects for the in Amsterdam last week Sunday. A witness saw three people preparing for the robbery, the police said on AT5 program Bureau 020. According to the police, each egg is worth between 10 thousand and 20 thousand euros, Het Parool reports.

Rotterdam police use dogs to comfort victims in questioning
Apr 13 '17 11:10

The Rotterdam police is launching an experiment next month in using two service dogs to comfort victims or witnesses of serious crimes, such as sex offenses, while they are being questioned by the police, ANP reports.

Twix and Kyara are the two Polish lowland shepherds who will soon be comforting victims, should they want it. "For solace and to take the sharp edge off", the police said on Wednesday. "Five to twenty minutes with a dog relieves stress", a police spokesperson said to ANP. 

Giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya arrived in the Netherlands on 12 Apr 2017
Apr 13 '17 10:35

Chinese giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya arrived safely in the Netherlands. After traveling nearly 8 thousand kilometers from Chengdu in China, they arrived at their new home in Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen just before midnight on Wednesday, NOS reports.

The two pandas are on loan from China. They will be living in Ouwehands Zoo for the next 15 years.

Pandas Xing Ya and Wu Weng in their travel cages, about to be loaded into KLM flight KL0892 to the Netherlands, 12 Apr 2017
Apr 12 '17 13:05

Giant Pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya are aboard KLM flight KL0892 and en route from Chengdu in China to Schiphol Airport. They are expected to arrive at the Amsterdam airport just after 7:00 p.m., Het Parool reports.

After their arrival, the pandas will be transferred to an animal hotel at the airport, which is run by KLM. There they will be received by the Chinese ambassador to the Netherlands and 40 children. A selected group will be able to catch a quick glimpse of the pandas.

Giant Panda
Apr 11 '17 15:30

Pandas are very nearly on their way to the Netherlands. On Tuesday China said goodbye to the pandas in a special ceremony. And on Wednesday the two giant pandas will fly to the Netherlands and their new home in Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen on a KLM flight.

During the farewell ceremony the pandas were offered a Schengen visa and each got a bamboo bicycle, as a nod to the Dutch culture, NOS reports. 

A bowhead whale breaching in Ulbansky Bay
Apr 11 '17 11:25

A bowhead whale was spotted swimming off the coast of Vlissingen, the first ever confirmed sighting of such an animal in Dutch waters, according to SOS Dolfijn. The whale was first spotted on Monday night, swimming close enough to the beach that it was visible from the promenade, NU.nl reports. 

SOS Dolfijn and the first aid organization for marine animals EHBZ will keep an eye on the whale as much as possible in the coming days. Both organizations advise the public to stay away from the animal. 

Storm clouds
Apr 10 '17 17:00

After a weekend of summery weather and warm temperatures, the Netherlands has chilly week ahead of it. The coming week will be back to normal April weather - mostly cloudy with temperatures around 12 degrees, according to Weerplaza.

Wednesday will be especially unpleasant for sun lovers. The day will be cloudy with a good chance of rain and a strong wind along the coast. The rest of the week will have afternoon temperatures around 12 or 13 degrees, with cloud cover but little chance of rain. 

The sun will break through more often on Friday, but it will not really be warm. 

Pink Pelican
Apr 6 '17 14:20

Someone broke into Artis Zoo in Amsterdam on Sunday night and stole 10 of 14 pelican eggs. They also broke one pelican's leg, which resulted in the animal dying, and seriously disrupted the group of birds during breeding season. The Amsterdam zoo filed charges of animal cruelty, theft and vandalism, the zoo announced on Wednesday, ANP reports.

So far no suspects were arrested. The incident was also not caught on camera.

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