Nature

McDonald's beverage
Jun 15 '18 16:10

McDonald's in the Netherlands plans to get rid of all plastic straws with their drinks from next year. What they will be replaced with, is still being decided, RTL Nieuws reports.

The Dutch branch of McDonald's is currently looking at how tests go in other countries before deciding on what alternative to go for. "You can think of straws made of paper or no straw at all", a spokesperson said to the broadcaster. "Think of a tute like with coffee cups."

The company plans to choose its alternative by the end of the year.

Green pigeons at Efteling
Jun 15 '18 13:30

Amusement park Efteling announced that it will no longer dye white pigeons different colors for fairy tale attraction 'The Bridal Dress of Genoveva'. Dyeing the pigeons no longer fits this time, the park concluded after years of social media calls from animal lovers and activists to stop this practice, Omroep Brabant reports.

Ever since 'The Bridal Dress of Genoveva' opened in 1957, Efteling has dyed the white pigeons in the fairy tale forest blue, pink, and green using a special paint. Now visitors will encounter the white pigeons in their natural state. 

Irrigation
Jun 14 '18 12:30

From Monday it is forbidden to extract water from streams and rivers in Noord- and Midden-Limburg to irrigate fields and pastures. The Limburg water board made this decision because of drought in the area, NOS reports.

Zuid-Limburg got a lot of rain and flooding over the past weeks, and the ban does not apply there. But in the north and middle of the province the water level dropped considerably due to a period of heat and drought, according to the water board.

Satellite image of volcano Fuego erupting in Guatemala, 3 June 2018
Jun 14 '18 07:57

Two employees of Dutch nursery Dummen Oange have been missing for 10 days, since the eruption of volcano Fuego in Guatemala. The company fears the worst for the two Guatemalan women, one of whom is pregnant, Nicolette Straver of Dummen Orange said to newspaper AD.

"When the volcano erupted we approached all our employees. Approximately 30 employees have now been evacuated", Straver said. "In the first instance, eight people were missing. Then we got hold of four of them and later, thank God, two more."

Jun 7 '18 09:26

Rotterdam is allowed to ban petrol cars made before 1 July 1992 from the environmental zone in the city center, the Council of State ruled on Wednesday, overturning a previous court ruling, NU.nl reports.

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Jun 5 '18 13:30

The Noord-Holland village of Warder, near Edam, was shaken by an earthquake around 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The quake measured 2.5 on the Richter scale and happened around 3 kilometers underground, according to meteorological institute KNMI.

The KNMI describes it as an "induced quake", which means that it was caused by gas extraction, according to RTL Nieuws.

Parents walking with kids participating in the second night of the Avond Vierdaagse in Amsterdam Oost, despite the Code Orange storm warning, 29 May 2018
Jun 1 '18 16:00

The thunderstorms that raged across the Netherlands this week caused between 5 million and 10 million euros worth of damage to homes in the Netherlands, according to insurers' union VNV. Damages to cars, government buildings and the agriculture sector are not yet included in that amount, RTL Nieuws reports.

The damages are difficult to estimate, because the storms involved very local showers. But the damages don't seem to be very severe, according to VNV. This is mainly because there was little hail. Hailstones cause a lot of damage to cars, agricultural crops and greenhouses. 

Storm clouds over the Columbus cruise ship docked at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, 31 May 2018
May 31 '18 12:35

Thunderstorms are raging across the Netherlands on Thursday. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code orange weather warning for the provinces of Noord-Holland, Flevoland and the IJsselmeergebied just after noon. A code yellow warning is in effect for the rest of the country.

The KNMI warns people in the code orange area of hail stones between 2 and 4 centimeters, wind gusts of around 75 kilometers an hour, and a lot of rain that can result in flooding. 

More heavy thunderstorms may develop in the coming hours, especially in the north of the country.

Summer night
May 30 '18 12:50

On Tuesday the minimum temperature at De Bilt measured at 18.0 degrees Celsius, making it the warmest May night ever measured in the Netherlands, according to Weeronline. The previous record was 16.9 degrees dating from May 24th, 2012.

This warmest night record follows a record warm day. Tuesday was thesince temperature measurements started in 1901 with a maximum of 30.7 degrees in De Bilt.

Parents walking with kids participating in the second night of the Avond Vierdaagse in Amsterdam Oost, despite the Code Orange storm warning, 29 May 2018
May 30 '18 07:54

Thunderstorms that drew across the Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon and evening caused flooding in many parts of the country, especially in the Rotterdam region. The storms prompted meteorological institute KNMI to issue a code orange weather warning - dangerous weather - for the entire country except the Wadden islands.

Dutch coast guard helicopter
May 29 '18 15:30

A 21-year-old fisherman was rescued fro te North Sea over an hour after he went overboard during the early hours of Tuesday morning. He was severely hypothermic, but still alive, RTL Nieuws reports.

The fishing boat the man works on sounded the alarm around 2:00 a.m., when it was noticed that he was no longer on board. The coast guard deployed two helicopters, and rescue brigade KNRM deployed boats from Terschelling and Den Helder to help in the search. Other boats in the area were also notified about the missing fisherman.

Grevelingenmeer
May 29 '18 14:10

The body of the second of two divers that , was found on Monday afternoon. Like the body of the first diver, divers from the Royal Netherlands Navy found this man's body in a shipwreck, RTV Rijnmond reports.

Storm clouds
May 29 '18 10:50

While the morning started out sunny in most of the Netherlands, thunderstorms are set to hit the country this afternoon. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for the entire country.

Bearded Vulture
May 28 '18 13:10

A bearded vulture was spotted in Oostkapelle and Dishoek over the weekend. The bearded vulture is Europe's largest bird with a wingspan of almost 3 meters, and usually does not occur in the Netherlands, NOS reports.

"You expect a bearded vulture in the Alps or the Pyrenees, but not here", bird photographer Marcel Klootwijk said to Omroep Zeeland. "What an amazing bird."

Grevelingenmeer
May 28 '18 09:41

Two divers went missing the Grevelingenmeer in Scharendijke in Zeeland on Saturday evening. The body of one of the two divers was found on Sunday evening. The search for the second diver continues on Monday, NU.nl reports. 

A spokesperson for the police told the newspaper that the body of the missing diver was found late in the evening, shortly before the search was called off for the day. He could not say exactly where the body was found.

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May 24 '18 10:15

A majority in the Tweede Kamer wants the government to promise that the Binnenhof in The Hague will be gas-free after the large-scale renovations set to start in 2020. State Secretary Raymond Knops of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations will do his best, but won't make any promises, he said in a parliamentary debate about the Binnenhof renovations on Wednesday, NOS reports.

May 23 '18 12:00

Nearly all shareholders of Shell voted against a resolution by action group Follow This on Tuesday. The resolution called on Shell to impose stricter environmental targets. Almost 95 percent of the cast votes were against the resolution, ANP reports.

Hundreds lined up for busses, trams, subways, ferries, and trains at Amsterdam Centraal. 27 Nov 2017
May 23 '18 11:20

While the Netherlands can expect more rain and thunderstorms over the coming days, the weather should clear up to sunshine by the weekend, according to Buienradar.

The south of the country saw a lot of rain on Tuesday, and the showers will keep falling for the rest of the week. "But that drizzly weather is slowing pulling away through the south", Jennifer Faber of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws. "There is not a lot of wind, so that's why the showers sometimes stay above a place for a long time."

Wolf spotted repeatedly in Drenthe, 4 May 2018
May 22 '18 16:40

A wolf has repeatedly been spotted in nature reserves in central Drenthe over the past months. According to forestry association Staatsbosbeheer, this could be a sign that the animal may be settling down in the Netherlands. Though this will only be confirmed if every sighting was the same wolf, and if it stays in the same area for more than six months.

Air-pollution
May 22 '18 14:40

The Dutch State does not have to take extra measures to comply with the European standards on particulate matter emissions, the court in The Hague ruled on Tuesday. The government does not have to take an extra safety margin into account when, for example, expanding highways or increasing the speed limit, the court ruled, RTL Nieuws reports.

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May 22 '18 09:54

This year the Dutch Rescue Brigade will at busy beaches and lakes. Parents can write their phone numbers on the wristbands, making it easier to reunite a lost child with his or her responsible adult, the Telegraaf reports.

Horses and geese in Oostvaardersplassen near Lelystad
May 21 '18 14:00

Foresters shot and killed three red deer on the A6 highway between Lelystad and Almere on Sunday afternoon. The animals escaped from Oostvaardersplassen after activists cut the nature reserve's fences in 21 places on Saturday night, NU.nl reports. 

According to the foresters, the animals endangered traffic safety. They were shot after permission from the authorities. A spokesperson for forestry association Staatsbosbeheer told NU.nl that all three killed animals were pregnant females.

Giant panda Xing Ya with his birthday cake at Ouwehands Zoo, 8 Aug 2017
May 18 '18 14:40

Visiting a Dutch zoo is increasingly expensive, but they are also increasingly popular. Over the past five years ticket prices increased by an average of 17 percent, and visitor numbers at zoos in the Netherlands increased by 11 percent in four years, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research.

The broadcaster compared the current ticket prices of all zoos affiliated with the Dutch association of zoos NVD to the prices from 2012. On average the ticket price for an adult increased by 3 euros, with outliers of 5 or even 9 euros. 

Tornado
May 17 '18 07:19

A tornado caused a great deal of damage in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Wednesday. Around the city of Viersen, just across the border of Venlo, multiple homes lost roofs and numerous trees were blown over, NOS reports.

One person was seriously hurt in Viersen and a firefighter was hit by lighting. As far as is known, no one was killed. The tornado lasted almost 15 minutes.

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