Nature

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Jan 23 '17 11:50

Last night temperatures dropped to below -10 degrees Celsius in multiple places in the Netherlands last night. At the air base in Twente the minimum temperature dropped to a whopping -10.8 degrees, making last night the coldest night of this winter season so far, according to Weerplaza.

The previous coldest night of the season was on January 6th, when the minimum temperature dropped to -10.2 degrees, also in Twente.

Thick fog on the A13 between Delft and Berkel, 23 Jan 2017
Jan 23 '17 08:39

Thick fog in the coastal provinces and icy roads in the entire Netherlands triggered meteorological institute KNMI to issue a code yellow weather warning on Monday morning. The weather conditions can hinder all forms of traffic, the KNMI warns.

Visibility may be reduced to less than 200 meters in some places. And slickness may particularly a problem on bridges and viaducts, the institute warns. Motorists are advised to adjust their driving behavior - slow down and keep a safe following distance. Also keep an eye on traffic and weater reports.

solar energy
Jan 20 '17 18:00

The Netherlands' largest solar farm officially opened on Thursday. The farm in Delfzijl consists of some 123 thousand solar panels and can produce 30 megawatts of power. It is expected to power some 10,000 homes, NU.nl reports.

The solar park is called Sunport Delfzijl is about as large as 65 football fields. It took German group Wirsol about a year to build. 

Ice skating
Jan 20 '17 09:08

A 35-year-old skater in Amsterdam had to be rescued by emergency services after he fall trough the ice on Plesmalaan in Nieuw West. The man was taken to the hospital, hypothermic but conscious and lucid, Het Parool reports.

Two passersby noticed the man around 9:00 p.m. and called the emergency services. The man was only a few meters from the edge and rescuers could get him to the side quickly.

Jan 19 '17 14:10

The best way to deal with Dutch coal-fire power plants is not closing them, but making them more sustainable, according to a yet to be published study by Frontier Economics, which the Financieele Dagblad got its hands on.

According to the study, the CO2 emissions from the coal plants can be stored in old gas fields. And biomass can be burned in the plants. That solution is relatively cheap and saves a lot on greenhouse gasses. 

A young orangutan
Jan 19 '17 09:14

A group of leading primatologists, including University of Amsterdam professor Serge Wich, is sounding the alarm about the effect logging and industrial farming is having on the global primate population. A massive 60 percent of the 500 primate species are threatened with extinction, according to their research, published in Science Advances on Wednesday, Het Parool reports.

Lelystad Airport
Jan 18 '17 13:55

The Dutch Council of State approved expansion plans for Lelystad Airport. On Wednesday the Council ruled that the objections to the zoning plan for the airport are ungrounded, ANP reports.

The zoning plan states that the airport's runway can be extended from 1,250 meters long to 2,700 meters and from 30 meters wide to 45 meters. This makes the airport suitable for heavier aircraft types, something that is essential for the plans to have Lelystad take over some of Schiphol's traffic.

Bird's eye view of the MH17 monument in Vijfhuizen near Schiphol - artist's impression
Jan 18 '17 13:20

The municipality of Amsterdam is donating 13 thousand cubic meters of ground for the MH17 memorial set to be constructed near Schiphol, Het Parool reports.

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Jan 18 '17 12:10

Saturday is National Tulip day in the Netherlands. And as is by now a tradition, the start of the tulip season will be celebrated with a large tulip picking garden on Amsterdam's Dam square. This year Den Bosch also decided to take part.

On Saturday tulip workers will install the massive tulip garden on Dam square, which will contain 200 thousand tulips in various colors, according to AT5. From 1:00 p.m. everyone is welcome to come and pick a bouquet for themselves, free of charge. The municipality expects that the flowers will be done around 4:30 p.m.

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Jan 18 '17 09:15

Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs filed an appeal against a court ruling that stated that he can not simply refuse permission for exploratory drilling for shale gas, Omroep Flevoland reports.

The appeal was made in a case brought by British company Cuadrilla. The company wanted to do exploratory drilling for shale gas in the Noordoosttpolder, among other places. Kamp decided not to renew the company's permit to do so, given the social unrest on gas extraction.

An avalanche in progress
Jan 17 '17 08:26

A 33-year-old man from Amsterdam was killed in an avalanche in Lech-Zurs, Austria on Monday, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to ANP after reports from Austrian broadcaster ORF.

The avalanche happened around 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Emergency services were at the scene within minutes, but still too late to help the Dutch an. According to Lech mayor Ludwig Muxel, the man was under a meter and a half of snow when the rescuers freed him.

Passengers cram on a bus from Amsterdam Central to Sloterdijk, Amsterdam power outage 17 Jan 2017
Jan 17 '17 07:51

A very busy morning rush hour is expected due to a combination of slick, icy roads and a continuing power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds. Utilities company Liander expects to have power restored completely around 8:00 a.m. 

Due to the power outage, the matrix boards around the Dutch capital are not working. "We can't put any information above the road", a spokesperson for the Dutch public works Rijkswaterstaat said to RTL. Street lights are also not working. Motorists should extra travel time into account

Jan 16 '17 11:10

Dutch people are often unprepared to handle extremely cold weather, according to a study done by the Red Cross. The organization calls on people to be more attentive, because proper preparation can save your life, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Jan 16 '17 08:47

A woman in Wernhout, Brabant shot and killed two "pit bull like" dogs on Sunday after the dogs attacked her husband, the dogs' owner. The woman shot the dogs to free her husband from their jaws, the Volkskrant reports.

Jan 13 '17 12:28

The winter weather conditions are causing trouble for passengers. Schiphol airports expects flight delays due to strong winds. And train traffic in the Netherlands already encountered several problems due to snow and icy tracks. 

"Due to strong winds, flights from/to Schiphol might be delayed. Check your airline for flight information", Schipphol wrote on Twitter.

Icy roads cause accident on the A2 from Utrecht to Den Bosch at the Deil junction, 13 Jan 2017
Jan 13 '17 07:33

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning of icy, slick roads caused by the snowfall overnight. All provinces except the coastal ones are affected.

Motorists are warned that to adjust their driving behavior - slow down and keep a safe following distance. Keep a close eye on weather and traffic reports. The slickness should dissipate during the course of the morning. The southeast and eastern parts of the country will experience it the longest.

Winter
Jan 12 '17 16:20

Snow, storms and heavy winds are heading towards the Netherlands tonight and tomorrow, Weeronline predicts. Some inland areas including the Veluwe, the Sallandse Heuvelrug, the Limgburg Heuvels, Twente and Achterhoek may even get 5 to 10 centimeters of snow tonight.

The KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for all provinces except the coastal ones. The meteorological institute warns that snow could cause icy, slick roads. "All traffic participants can experience hindrance. Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", the institute warns. 

Snowball fight
Jan 12 '17 07:31

The Netherlands can expect a cold and rainy day on Thursday, according to meteorological institute KNMI. The southern half of the country may even see between 10 and 20 mm of rain. During the course of the night, the rain is expected to turn into snow.

According to the meteorological institute, the morning will start out cloudy with scattered showers. The cloud cover and rain will increase during the course of the day. Tonight the center, east and south of the country can expect enough snow to at least emporarily cover the ground. Maximum temperatures will be around 7 degrees.

Westerschelde as seen from Bath with a Doel nuclear plant in the distance
Jan 11 '17 16:10

For the first time ever a list of endangered habitats in Europe was released, compiled by some 300 experts from over 30 countries working for three years on behalf of the European Commission. Across the EU there are 28 habitats that are considered "endangered" or "critically endangered". Fourteen of these habitats can be found in the Netherlands, Trouw reports.

In the Netherlands, endangered habitats include tidal rivers such as the Westerschelde and Eems, reed marshes in Noord-Holland and Zeeland, bogs like in Peel in Brabant among others, and sand banks such as the Veluwe. 

Jan 11 '17 13:50

Dutch petroleum company NAM singed up with the Transition Coalition - a coalition of about 50 companies working to accelerate the Netherlands' transition to renewable energy sources, NAM director Gerald Schotman announced in his New Year speech, ANP reports.

"As far as I am concerned, the transition can, if not must, be more ambitious", Schotman said.

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Jan 10 '17 17:50

Dropping temperatures, increasing icy and slippery roads and a "very thick layer of snow", are expected for the Netherlands for the rest of this week and next week, according to MeteoGroup weatherman Reinout van den Born, Omroep Brabant reports.

From Thursday the upper air will be very cold, leading to sleet and possibly snow. This week the snow will still partially melt, but by next week the Netherlands may be covered in a thick layer. 

Firefighter rescues young boy from thin ice in Rosmalen; January 2017
Jan 10 '17 12:00

A video of emergency services in Rosmalen rescuing a boy who got stuck after sledding on too thin ice was posted on Facebook ans watched over 1.3 million times in less than three days. 

Jan 9 '17 16:35

Despite a few days of climbing temperatures, the Netherlands can expect winter weather again later this week. From Thursday Weerplaza expects snow and sleet for the country.

A rain zone will pass over the Netherlands on Thursday, brining a strong northwesterly wind with it that will blow polar air across the country. On Thursday afternoon the numerous showers are expected to turn into snow and sleet. "In some regions several inches of snow can fall, enough for snow fun, but also enough to delay traffic."

Jan 6 '17 16:25

A very cold night lies ahead for the Netherlands, with minimum temperatures several degrees below zero, according to meteorological institute KNMI. The western parts of the country can expect snow around late afternoon, which will spread across the country during the course of the night. 

The KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for icy roads this evening and tomorrow. Motorists are warned to adjust their driving behavior, slow down and keep a safe following distance. Also keep a close eye on weather and traffic reports.

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