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Radioactive
Feb 22 '17 08:33

Small amounts of radioactive iodine-131 found in the air above Norway, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, France and Spain last month raised concerns across Europe. But there is no trace of the radioactive substance in the Netherlands, Dutch national health institute RIVM announced after taking careful measurements, ANP reports.

Feb 17 '17 10:11

Traffic information service ANWB expects major traffic jams across the Netherlands today and tomorrow as the Dutch spring break kicks off. The ANWB particularly warns of traffic problems on roads heading towards ski areas, RTL Nieuws reports.

Greenpeace activists build a pipeline into ING's headquarters in Amsterdam to protest the bank funding the Dakota Access pipeline, 16 Feb 2017
Feb 16 '17 16:45

On Thursday morning a group of about 20 Greenpeace activists dug room for and planted 15 meters of super heavy pipe sections at the ING headquarters in Amsterdam Zuidoost. They did so to protest against the Dutch bank's part in financing the highly controversial Standing Rock pipeline in Dakota, United States, Het Parool reports.

Some 2,000 pigs killed in a barn fire on Zwalustraat in Mill, Noord-Brabant, 15 Feb 2017
Feb 16 '17 07:27

About 2 thousand piglets and sows were killed in a fire on a pig farm just outside the Noord-Brabant village of Mill on Wednesday night. Two barns containing the 2 thousand pigs were completely destroyed in the fire, Omroep Brabant reports.

Another barn could be rescued by the fire brigade. The pigs inside were evacuated and taken to a fourth barn. According to the Gelderlander, the farm owned a total of 600 sows and 2,200 pigs. 

The fire was under control around midnight. Multiple fire brigades responded to deal with the fire. The cause of the fire is unclear. 

Tabby cat
Feb 15 '17 16:20

Dutch cat Pepper is quite a wanderer it seems. Six months after going missing from his owner's home in Tilburg, the three year old cat turned up in Vienna, Omroep Brabant reports. 

According to the broadcaster, the cat was found by a hunter near Vienna, Austria. She had worms in her lungs and was severely emancipated. Luckily Pepper was chipped, and the chip led to her Dutch owner Franka Schapendonk. 

Feb 15 '17 12:10

Energy company ENGIE may perform exploratory drilling for natural gas north of the North Sea island Schiermonnikoog. On Tuesday the Council of State declared objections to the exploratory drilling unfounded. No further appeal is possible, NU.nl reports.

Feb 10 '17 17:20

Parts of the Netherlands may wake up to a layer of snow on Saturday morning. Light snow is expected for tonight and tomorrow morning, according to Weeronline, the Telegraaf reports. 

The snowy layer is not expected to last much longer than Saturday morning. Afternoon temperatures will rise to between 2 and 4 degrees, which means that the snow will largely melt away.

More snow is expected on Saturday night, especially in the South, center and West of te country. Some spots may even get up to three centimeters, according to Weeronline. 

Warmly dressed people at Beurs van Berlage on Damrak in Amsterdam on Warm Sweater Day, 10 Feb 2017
Feb 10 '17 12:00

Nearly 40 Dutch municipalities, a number of educational institutions and numerous Dutch businesses are turning down the heat a little on Friday for Warm Sweater Day. Under te slogan "Warm yourself, not the world", the organizers of Warm Sweater Day want to draw attention to global warming, the Telegraaf reports.

Feb 9 '17 16:10

The number of horses, deer and cattle in the Oostvaardersplassen near Lelystad needs to be significantly reduced. About a third of the approximately 4,500 hoofed animals currently roaming the park need to disappear in order to prevent the park being stripped bare. The Flevoland government is looking for ways other than culling to deal with these animals, Trouw reports. 

Feb 9 '17 13:45

Utrecht may keep its environmental zone, the Council of State ruled on Wednesday in an appeal filed by motorists club KNAC and a foundation against air pollution in Utrecht, NOS reports.

Feb 9 '17 07:37

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for slick, icy roads for the entire Netherlands on Thursday morning. "Adjust your driving behavior", the institute warns. "Follow weather reports and warnings."

Traffic information services ANWB and VID also warned of icy roads. Both reported several traffic accidents already, though it is unclear whether any of these are related to the slickness on the roads.

Feb 8 '17 07:34

Winter weather is back in the Netherlands and with that meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for icy roads this morning. The warning affects the northern half of the country.

According to the KNMI, motorists should be especially careful on local roads which salt trucks and gritters don't always reach. In Noord-Holland and Twente the roads may also be slippery due to snow. The slickness should melt away by the end of the morning. Light snow is expected in the afternoon, though it will likely melt away before causing problems.

Feb 7 '17 09:38

A bull escaped from a slaughterhouse in Dodewaard on Monday and injured a man during his flight, according to the Gelderlander.

The animal scooped the man up with his head and threw him into the air. The bull luckily had no horns. The victim was taken to a hospital for a checkup. 

A gamekeeper shot and killed the escaped bull near Matensestraat. The gamekeeper was called in by the police.

It is unclear how the bull managed to escape. 

Freek Vonk in hospital after being bitten by a reef shark
Feb 6 '17 15:20

Dutch celebrity biologist Freek Vonk is still in a hospital in Miami after a , the TV biologist said on Facebook. The wound has been completely stitched up and he is doing very well, Vonk writes.

Feb 6 '17 10:26

On Monday State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment is giving the go ahead for the establishment of the Global Center of Excellence on Climate change. The center will be based in the Netherlands and is being established by the Netherlands, Japan and the United Nations environmental organization UNEP, NU.nl reports.

Feb 6 '17 10:13

The Netherlands can and should be preventing Dutch companies from exporting polluting fuel to Africa, lawyers of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) conclude in an investigation commissioned by environmental organization Milieudefensie. By not intervening, the Dutch government is violating international treaties and human rights, the researchers conclude, the Telegraaf reports. 

Freek Vonk in hospital after being bitten by a reef shark
Feb 2 '17 11:55

Dutch celebrity biologist Freek Vonk was attacked by a shark while filming for a new television program in the Bohamas. "After a 3 hour long operation, for which I was completely sedated, and more than 100 stitches, I can again give a thumbs up", he writes on Facebook. The Dutch man emphasizes that this was a series of unfortunate events, that is no one's fault, including the shark itself.

Jan 27 '17 13:45

"It seems that the winter weather is over for the time being", said meteorologist Maurice Middendorp from Buidenradar. This weekend will be much milder than earlier this week, with maximum temperatures of up to 10 degrees expected this afternoon, RTL Nieuws reports.

Albert Heijn promotional pans
Jan 25 '17 16:00

Cynthia Harms' pet birds fell dead to the ground while she was cooking with Albert Heijn's promotional non-stick pans. They died of Teflon poisoning, she claims on Facebook. The supermarket chain is investigating the matter, but stresses that the pans are safe when used normally, Albert Heijn wrote in a response on Facebook.

A spokesperson for the supermarket chain told the Telegraaf that they received complaints about the pans and birds from two customers.

Ice skating
Jan 24 '17 17:35

Those who still want to spend some time skating on natural ice in the Netherlands better make a plan to do so in the coming days. According to meteorologist Williams Huizinga of Buienraar, skating weather will come to an end around the end of the week, RTL Nieuws reports.

Ice skating on the Haterse Vennen, 22 Jan 2017
Jan 24 '17 15:15

Despite warnings about dangerous skating conditions and thin ice, many Dutch took to the frozen lakes and canals across the Netherlands over the past day. Weerplaza warns that natural ice can be very treacherous, and the situation in the center of the Netherlands and Utrecht region is downright dangerous. If you have to skate on natural ice in these regions, be very careful.

It also seems that the skating weather is coming to a slow end for the time being. The coming nights will drop below freezing, but after Friday the weather will turn milder, according to RTL. 

Emergency services rescuing a mentally disturbed man from the freezing waters of Weerwater in Almere after he fall through the ice, 23 Jan 2017
Jan 24 '17 14:40

Emergency services in Almere responded en masse on Monday to rescue a seemingly mentally disturbed man who fell through the ice after walking a long distance on a lake in Almere Stad. Divers from the fire department pulled him from the water, the Telegraaf reports.

Eye witnesses told th newspaper that the man walked a long distance on the ice. When police officers called to him to come back to shore, he refused. The fire department and an air ambulance were called in.

Meat processing
Jan 24 '17 10:32

Eating less meat and drinking less alcohol and soft drinks will not only benefit Dutch people's health, but also the environment, the national institute for public health and environment RIVM said in a report on Tuesday, the Volkskrant reports.

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.

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