Nature

Icy road
Jan 3 '17 13:55

Icy roads caused numerous accidents across the Netherlands on Tuesday morning, despite a warning from meteorological institute KNMI for drivers to slow down and keep safe following distances. The code yellow weather warning affected the entire country except for the Wadden islands.

According to traffic information service VID, there were "various" accidents on the A58 highway near Heinkenszand due to icy, slippery roads. There were also accidents on the A16 near Breda Noord, on the A9 towards Alkaar near Badhoevendorp and on the A2 near Utrecht.

Fog at Schiphol Airport, 28 Oct 2016
Dec 30 '16 11:02

For the third consecutive day flights are being delayed and canceled at Schiphol airport due to thick fog causing visibility problems. A spokesperson could not give exact numbers, but told NU.nl that dozens of flights will be canceled today.

"A day of nuisance" is expected. "However, the outlook is somewhat better, but it remains to be seen", the spokesperson said. Around 10:00 a.m. the average delay for inbound and outbound flights was at over an hour. 

Dec 30 '16 09:38

The improving economy and falling unemployment have the Dutch population generally feeling less pessimistic about the future of the Netherlands. The majority of the population is still negative, however, according to a quarterly survey by social and cultural planning office SCP, ANP reports. 

Foggy Schiphol, 29 Dec 2016
Dec 30 '16 07:33

For the third day in a row meteorological institute KNMI issued a weather warning for slick roads and reduced visibility due to fog. The warning covers the entire Netherlands. "Adjust speed and keep a sufficient following distance", the KNMI warns. "Follow weather reports and warnings."

According to the KNMI, in some places visibility will be reduced to less than 200 meters. Local roads in particular may be icy and slick, as gritters don't always reach them. 

Hundreds of starfish wash up on Dutch shores, 27 Dec 2016
Dec 29 '16 12:30

Hundreds of starfish washed up on Dutch beaches on Tuesday. Conservationists from Ecomare believe a storm was behind the animals being washed ashore, NU.nl reports.

Starfish were found on beaches in Callantsoog, Groote Keten, Egmond aan Zee and Wijk aan Zee. 

According to Ecomare, a combination of strong winds and low temperatures at sea resulted in the starfish not having enough strength to cling to the ground. They were therefore taken by the tide and washed ashore. 

"Once on land, they have no chance to survive. It's very tragic", a spokesperson said. 

Marine Club Beach Resort Boavista, Boa Vista, Cape Verde
Dec 29 '16 08:12

A sandstorm on the Cape Verde island of Boa Vista on Christmas Day has 80 Dutch tourists still stranded at their holiday destination. "It's never been so bad. Normally a sandstorm does not stay long in the same place", Petra Kok, spokesperson for travel agency TUI, said to newspaper AD. She emphasized that, while stranded, the tourists are safe. "People can simply stay in their hotel and the situation outside is not dangerous."

Dec 29 '16 07:49

Thick fog and icy roads will make for difficult driving conditions throughout the Netherlands on Thursday morning. Meteorological institute issued a code yellow warning for almost the entire country, warning of visibility of less than 100 meters in some places.

Both fog and iciness should dissipate during the course of the morning. The weather warning is in effect until noon. "Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", the meteorological institute warns.

Fog at Schiphol Airport, 28 Oct 2016
Dec 28 '16 09:14

Foggy weather on Wednesday morning could mean delays for flights to and from Schiphol, the airport said on Twitter. "Visibility and airport capacity are expected to remain reduced during the day", Schiphol wrote.

Birds in flight
Dec 27 '16 15:40

Millions of birds take flight in the Netherlands at midnight on New Year's, according to BirdLife Netherlands. They are startled by the Dutch tradition of New Year's fireworks, the organization sad on the website Nature Today on Tuesday.

Seal pup Tio rescued from a road in Den Helder, 25 Dec 2016
Dec 26 '16 17:10

Seal center Pieterburen rescued a snow white baby seal pup from a road in Den Helder on Christmas Day, the center announced on Facebook.

According to Pieterburen, the seal was separated from its mother. Curious bystanders scared the pup onto the road. In consultation with the local volunteer, it was decided that Pieterburen would take the pup in.

Christmas tree in Havelte
Dec 26 '16 07:41

The Netherlands can expect a stormy Boxing Day today, following the third warmest Christmas Day in the country since temperature measurements started in 1901.

According to Weerplaza, Sunday was the third mildest Christmas day in the Netherlands with temperatures reaching 12 degrees towards the end of the Day. Only last year, with 14 degrees, and 1997 with 12.8 degrees were hotter.

Dec 23 '16 09:31

The government will not make a decision this year on closing the coal plants in the Netherlands, sources in The Hague told news wire ANP. This is expected to annoy parliament, who wants Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs to make haste with the closure of the plants.

Dec 21 '16 10:50

Dutch banks still generally fall seriously short when it comes to climate policy and that sets the organizations behind, according to a new report published by the Fair Bank Guide on Wednesday, ANP reports.

Only SNS, ASN and Triodos scored well on their climate policy. Aegon, ING, ABN Amro, Rabobank, Delta Lloyd and Van Lanschot all scored an insufficient. According to the researchers, most Dutch banks don't require oil companies to prevent drilling in the fragile Arctic. They also don't publish measurable CO2 reduction targets for the companies in which the invest. 

Sunrise over Amsterdam Centrum, 21 Dec 2016
Dec 21 '16 10:00

Today is the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, in the Northern hemisphere. The Netherlands will only have 7 hours and 40 minutes of daylight. And according to meteorological institute KNMI, the Netherlands can expect clouds and scattered showers today.

An European Mink
Dec 16 '16 16:45

On Friday the Supreme court upheld the legal ban on breeding and slaughtering mink for fur. According to the court, the law banning fur farms is not in breach of the human rights convention, NU.nl reports.

The ban on mink fur farming took effect in the Netherlands on January 15th, 2013. The law states that it is illegal to breed or kill an animal for its fur because it is not ethically defensible. For existing mink farms, the ban only takes effect from January 1st, 20124. The transition period is to give mink fur farmers tie to recoup their investments. 

Dec 16 '16 14:25

Dead ducks found in two places in Overijssel were diagnosed with bird flu, water board Drenthe Overijssel Delta announced. The dead birds all carried the bird flu variant H5N8, a very contagious strand, AD reports.

Over 60 dead ducks were found in the municipality of Kampen, on Bosjessteeg. And seven were found in the municipality of Zwartewaterland in Machinevaart. Both municipalities announced that no bird flu was found in surrounding poultry farms. 

Dec 14 '16 09:21

Bird flu was found at a poultry farm in Abbega, Friesland on Tuesday. The farm owns about 63 thousand laying hens, which will be culled as soon as can be arranged, ANP reprots

State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs implemented a transport ban in a 10 kilometer zone around the infected farm. No poultry eggs, manure or used poultry bedding may be transported in this area for the time being. No other poultry farms are located in the immediate vicinity of the infected farm.

Live puppy found at a dog trader's warehouse in Holwerd. 23 dead dogs were found in the freezer, 12 Dec 2016
Dec 13 '16 11:00

The Friesland police arrested a 20-year-old man from Drachten after 23 dead dogs and 4 dead rabbits were found in a warehouse in Holwerd where he traded puppies from, AD reports.

The man offered sick and neglected puppies for sale on Marktplaats, and sold them with false ownership papers. The police also found nie live puppies and 16 adult dogs in the warehouse on Grandyk. The dogs were rescued and transferred to a shelter address.

Dec 13 '16 10:22

Shell is teaming up with energy company Eneco and offshore company Van Oord to build a massive wind farm off the shore of Borssele in Zeeland .The wind farm will consist of about 100 windmills and will generate enough energy to supply a million households, AD reports.

Redback Spider
Dec 12 '16 16:05

Dozens of venomous redback spiders were recently found at the naval barracks Willemsoord in Den Helder. The spiders were in a container of torpedo parts that was imported from Australia, the native country for redback spiders.

Fog on Amsterdam's Oostelijke Eilanden and KNSM island, 12 Dec 2016
Dec 12 '16 08:29

Motorists will face a difficult morning rush hour in the central and southern parts of the Netherlands on Monday due to thick mists and dangerous conditions. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning, warning that visibility may be reduced to less than 200 meters in some places.

"Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility. Adjust speed and keep a safe distance. Mist can be treacherous by sudden onset. Folow weather forecasts and warnings", the KNMI advises. The mist is expected to dissipate during the course of the morning. 

Dec 7 '16 11:39

The government wants the Netherlands to be nearly CO2 emissions free by 2050, according to Economic Minister Henk Kamp's Energy Agenda. The Agenda contains a number of measures to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and encourage sustainable living. Environmental organizations call the plan unambitious, NU.nl reports.

Dec 7 '16 11:03

The D66 and PvdA want to stimulate electric driving in the Netherlands by making it more attractive. The two parties submitted a plan with 10 practical measures to do so, ranging from charging stations every 25 km to a guarantee on car batteries, NOS reports.

Dec 6 '16 14:50

An increasing number of babies in the Netherlands are born to older fathers, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands. Last year 2.5 thousand babies were born to fathers over the age of 50. 

Last year a total of 170.5 thousand babies were born in the Netherlands. 16 percent of them have a father that is 40 years old or older, compared to 10 percent 20 years ago. 

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