Nature

Meteor photographed during the maximum of the Perseid swarm, 12 Aug 2016
Jul 26 '17 16:40

The coming nights will be ideal for star gazing in the Netherlands, if the weather plays along and you're willing to stay up late. A meteor shower will be very visible in the Dutch skies over the next few days, according to Weeronline.

Tonight 19 meteorites will penetrate the atmosphere per hour. And over the weekend it will be 23 to 24 per hour, or a shooting star every two or three minutes. These will be visible to the naked eye, according to the weather service.

Forest fire raging in La Croix-Valmer, France, 24 Jul 2017
Jul 26 '17 14:20

Most of the Dutch tourists currently spending their holidays in the south of France have experienced little trouble from forest fires raging in the area, tour operators Neckermann Reizen and Vrij Uit said to RTL Nieuws on Wednesday. 

Forest fires have been raging in southern France near St Tropez and on Corsica since early this week. But of the tourists who booked holidays through the two companies, none had to be evacuated or had to leave the area prematurely. "Our customers don't notice much about that", a spokesperson said to the broadcaster. "They're enjoying their holiday."

Forest fire raging in La Croix-Valmer, France, 24 Jul 2017
Jul 25 '17 15:00

Dozens of Dutch tourists were evacuated from their holiday homes and campsites in southern France on Tuesday due to fierce forest fires in the area. The dry, hot weather and strong winds mean that the fires are spreading quickly, but the French fire department says it has the situation under reasonable control, the Telegraaf reports.

Giant catfish washes ashore in Zwijndrecht, Zuid-Hooland, 24 Jul 2017
Jul 25 '17 13:35

A massive dead catfish washed ashore in Zwijndrecht, Zuid-Holland on Monday. The cadaver had to be hoisted out of the Oude Maas using a pulley system. According to the municipality, the fish was about 2 meters long.

The catfish was found on the shore near Marsdiep. The municipality nicknamed it "fish devil". As the fish was so large and already decomposing, it was quickly transported to a waste processor, municipal spokesperson Dirk Timmers said to AD. 

Vegetable garden
Jul 21 '17 12:50

Planting a vegetable or fruit garden in the immediate vicinity of Chemcours factory in Dordrecht is not safe, scientists said to the Volkskrant. According to them, the amounts of GenX on plant leaves are so high in the area, that eating fruit and vegetables grown there can be dangerous to your health.

GenX is a toxic substance. Last week researchers from the Vrije Universiteit reported that there is GenX in drinking water around Zuid-Holland, but that the concentrations aren't high enough to be dangerous. 

Tourists camping outside a hotel on Greek island Kos after an earthquake, 21 Jul 2017
Jul 21 '17 11:30

Travel organization TUI currently has 2,721 Dutch tourists on the Greek islands of Kos and Kras. The organization is not planning an immediate evacuation of Dutch people on Kos, which was early on Friday morning.

Tourists spent the night outside their hotels after a massive earthquake hit the island Greek island of Kos, 21 Jul 2017
Jul 21 '17 08:36

A massive earthquake with a force of 6.7 on the Richter scale hit the southwestern coast of Turkey around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, local time. The epicenter of the quake was 10 kilometers form the coast of tourist resort Bodrum. Nearby Greek island Kos was also hit hard. Many Dutch tourists are on summer holiday at these locations, NU.nl reports.

Lake Wagejot on Texel turns pink due to drought combined with algae, Jul 2017
Jul 20 '17 14:50

An unusual natural phenomenon is happening on the island of Texel - lake Wagejot has been pink for several days. Nature conservation service Natuurmonumenten believes the color is the result of drought on the island - the water's high salt content is reacting to micro algae, the Telegraaf reports.

"We've never seen this before. From one day to another, the brackish water changed from gray-green to flamingo-pink", forest guard Eckard Boot of Natuurmonumenten said to the newspaper. 

Greenpeace calls on Nuon to close its Hemweg coal plant in a protest at the energy company's Amsterdam headquarters, 20 Jul 2017
Jul 20 '17 12:10

About 25 people from environmental group Greenpeace are protesting in front of the Nuon headquarters in Amsterdam on Thursday, calling on the power company to close its coal power plant on Hemweg. Five of the protesters are locked in a glass meeting room and they hung a big banner on the Nuon building's facade calling for the coal plant to be closed, NU.nl reports.

The Greenpeace activists plan to stay in front of the building until the energy company agrees to talk to them about closing the Hemweg power plant.

A rainy start to the third day of the Nijmegen Vierdaagse, 20 Jul 2017
Jul 20 '17 07:54

Rain gear was the order of the day for the first group of hikers kicking off the third day of the Nijmegen Vierdaagse. On Thursday the hikers were greeted by heavy rainfall and thunder when they started their hike on the Wedren in Nijmegen at 4:00 a.m., according to the Gelderlander.

Jul 19 '17 15:40

The Netherlands can close all its coal plants, but only if a national law to that effect is implemented, according to advice the Council of State sent to Economic Minister Henk Kamp on Wednesday, ANP reports.

The Tweede Kamer called on Kamp last week to by making the efficiency requirements so high that they can't be met by any coal plant. The council of state investigated whether this was possible.

The Hollandse IJssel in Oudewater
Jul 19 '17 11:40

From Wednesday divers will be searching the Hollandse IJssel near Oudewater for World War II bombs. The river needs maintenance between Gouda and Nieuwegein, and the water board wants to make sure that everything is safe before the work can begin, NOS reports.

Historical research shows that the river contains many WWII bombs that never exploded. As long as they are left alone, they are not dangerous. But part of the work that needs to be done to the river is dredging to keep it deep enough for barges. Therefore the bombs will have to be removed first.

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Jul 19 '17 08:42

Heavy rain and thunderstorms will enter the Netherlands from the south this afternoon and spread across the country during the course of the afternoon and evening, according to meteorological institute KNMI. The KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country.

Vierdaagse
Jul 18 '17 08:52

Nijmegen's annual four day hiking event, the Vierdaagse, kicked off on Tuesday morning. The first hikers started their journey at 4:00 a.m. and by 6:30 a.m. over half of the 42,036 participants were on the way, the Volkskrant reports.

This is the 101st edition of the Nijmegen Vierdaagse, which ends in the Nijmegen city center on Friday. Hikers from no less than 67 countries are participating this year. The youngest participant is 11-year-old Maud Molemans from Nijmegen, the oldest is 94-year-old Herman Dubie from Amsterdam. This is the Amsterdam man's 20th Vierdaagse. 

Pallid harrier
Jul 17 '17 17:10

The nest of a rare pallid harrier was discovered in Groningen, the first time ever this bird species was found breeding in the Netherlands. Four baby birds hatched in the nest, NU.nl reports.

A volunteer for the Montagu's Harrier work group found the nest by chance in a barley filed late in May. The location of the nest was kept secret, so that the pallid harriers could roost in peace. 

The work group carefully followed and recorded the breeding and hatching process. A fence was erected around the nest to keep predators like foxes away. 

Frans Maas on the Capella
Jul 14 '17 13:45

The body of missing sailor Hannes Goegebeur, 18, was found off the coast of Vlissingen on Thursday night. The young Terneuzen man went missing when his t off the coast of Oostende, Belgium two weeks ago. His family was informed, AD reports. 

Fishermen found Goegebeur's body around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. 

Vierdaagse
Jul 14 '17 11:05

People participating in the Nijmegen Vierdaagse hike next week, will have to take high temperatures into account, according to Weeronline. From Sunday, temperatures will rise to tropical highs of above 30 degrees on Wednesday, according to the weather service.

The Nijmegen Vierdaagse is happening between Tuesday and Friday next week. Some of the accompanying parties already start on Saturday.

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Jul 13 '17 12:40

Dutch bank ING expects that electric driving in Europe will only increase as the main obstacles for switching to electric cars continue to decrease. By 2035 only electric cars will be sold in Europe, according to the bank, RTL Nieuws reports.

A study by the bank showed three main reasons that consumers aren't immediately switching from petrol and diesel cars to electric cars. 40 percent found it too expensive, 28 percent say they can't drive far enough on a fully charged battery, and 20 percent said there are no charging poles in their area.

Landing vessel stranded on the coast of Vlissingen, 12 Jul 2017
Jul 13 '17 09:07

A landing vessel of the Corps Marines got standed on a sandbank during a training exercise just off the coast of Vlissingen on Wednesday evening. The vessel was stuck for several hours, before high tide freed it, Omroep Zeeland reports.

A spokesperson for the Marines told the broadcaster that the stranded vessel had no consequences for the training exercise, which was set to last well into the early hours of Thursday morning. 

Fire department helps deal with flooding in Mellisant, Zuid-Holland, 12 Jul 2017
Jul 12 '17 13:25

Heavy rainfall across the Netherlands caused problems in many places on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday Weerplaza expected up to 50 millimeters of rain to fall in some places on Wednesday. Around 10:00 a.m. the most rain had fallen in Zuid-Holland and Zeeland, about 34 millimeters, according to the weather service.

Jul 11 '17 14:30

Bad news for sun lovers - the Netherlands will be cloudy and wet in the coming days. According to Weerplaza, up to 50 millimeters of rain can fall between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon - about the amount usual for two weeks in July.

"That's five large buckets of water per square meter, over 2 thousand baths in one football field or 70 garden swimming pools in one football field", meteorologist Wilfred Janssen put it in perspective for newspaper AD. 

Flamingo
Jul 7 '17 13:40

Customs officers intercepted 60 red flamingos at Schiphol airport. One was dead and three were in a bad state, ANP reports.

The flamingos were being transported from Cuba to China.

All of the birds were seized and taken to an animal hospital for care, a spokesperson for the Dutch food and consumer product authority NVWA said on Friday. The animals were injured in the poor transport conditions.

The inside of the cases weren't sealed properly, resulting in some of the flamingos getting their feet stuck in vent holes. 

Fires caused by lightning strikes burnt down three homes on Naardermeer in Naarden, 7 Jul 2017
Jul 7 '17 12:20

Fires caused by lightning strikes burnt down three homes on the Naardermeer in Naarden during the early hours of Friday morning. "Three of our neighbors are now homeless", a stunned local resident said to RTL Nieuws.

The first fire broke out around 3:00 a.m. at a farm with two homes on it. The fire department responded en masse, but could not prevent both homes from going up in smoke. "A 400 year-old farmhouse. There were two homes in the building", the neighbor explained. Both were destroyed.

Lighting strikes in Rotterdam, 6 Jul 2017
Jul 7 '17 08:01

Thunderstorms that pulled across the Netherlands on Thursday night caused a number of problems. Lighting strikes resulted in fires in several places, as well as some disruptions to train traffic. Rock band Bløf's concert had to be paused for around 20 minutes due to the weather, NOS reports.

Fires in Tilburg, Zwijndrecht, Weesp, Wijk bij Duurstede and Naarden are all believed to be caused by lightning strikes. Lightning is also believed to be behind a big fire in a pig company in Heeswijk-Dinther, according to Omroep Brabant. Two barns burnt down, killing around 4 thousand sows.

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