Nature

Tram 7 crosses Verbindingsdam in Amsterdam Oost, with fog obscuring the buildings on KNSM Island, 22 March 2019
Mar 22 '19 07:25

Friday started out foggy, but by the afternoon there should be sunshine throughout the Netherlands. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for a large part of the country, warning that visibility may be reduced to 200 meters in some areas.

The warning is in effect for al provinces except Drenthe, Friesland, Groningen and the Wadden Islands. The fog should dissipate by 10:00 a.m. "Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility. Adjust speed and keep a safe following distance", the KNMI warns. 

Baby manatee born at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem, March 2019
Mar 19 '19 16:30

A baby manatee was born at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem this week, the zoo announced on Instagram.

"For weeks the 5.5-year-old Caribean manatee female had our zookeepers and biologists on the edge of their seats", the zoo said on Instagram. "But tonight it finally happened: in the Mangrove a seemingly healthy manatee was born! It is likely a male."

English bulldog
Mar 19 '19 08:00

Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality is introducing new animal welfare criteria for dog breeding, primarily focused on external characteristics such as the shape of the skull, nose and eyes. In this way she wants to make dog breeding healthier for the animals involved, ANP reports.

School kids marching through The Hague for more action against climate change, 7 Feb 2019
Mar 15 '19 09:19

Thousands of school pupils gathered in Amsterdam on Thursday afternoon to protest for a better climate policy. They marched from Dam Square to the Museumplein, carrying signs with texts like ‘Make the earth cool again’. According to the police, around 6 thousand people were present, NOS reports.

The turnout was lower than for the first march in The Hague in February, when around .

Mark Rutte
Mar 14 '19 13:20

The Dutch government wants to reduce the energy costs for citizens and let the industry pay more for the Netherlands' climate plans, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a response to the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL and central planning office CPB's calculations of the climate agreement. This will involve less energy taxes on citizens, and a CO2 tax on companies, NOS reports

Amsterdam in the rain
Mar 14 '19 12:30

The current windy and rainy weather will give way to sunshine and spring-like temperatures next week, according to Weerplaza. But first there are still a few days of stormy weather to contend with. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for strong winds for the entire country.

ProRail working on a Deutsche Bahn train that was derailed by a fallen tree in Enschede, 13 March 2019
Mar 14 '19 08:23

A Deutsche Bahn train was derailed by a fallen tree in Enschede on Wednesday evening. The salvage and cleanup work will likely take all day, according to rail manager ProRail. Currently no train traffic is possible between Enschede and Gronau, Germany, NU.nl reports.

The tree fell onto the tracks due to the bad weather conditions. The German train collided with it and derailed, ProRail reported on Twitter at around 8:20 p.m. None of the 35 passengers on board were hurt.

Greenhouse gas emissions
Mar 13 '19 14:20

The agreements made in the climate agreement will likely not achieve the Netherlands' goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by 48.7 megatons in 2030 compared to 1990. The Industry in particular is not providing enough CO2 reductions, were the main conclusions of the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL and the Netherlands' central planning office CPB's calculations of the agreement, NU.nl reports.

Pieridae butterfly
Mar 12 '19 07:57

The vast majority of Dutch are worried about the disappearance of flowers, insects and birds in the countryside, according to the National Landscape Survey by nature conservation service Natuurmonumenten. The service calls on the government to make protecting the landscape a priority when making spatial plans, ANP reprots.

Balloons
Mar 11 '19 14:00

The number of municipalities in the Netherlands that banned the release of balloons more than tripled over the past year, according to a study by De Noordzee foundation. The foundation is committed to getting such a ban implemented across the Netherlands, because the plastic in balloons is harmful to animals and the environment, NOS reports.

Mar 11 '19 10:40

Rain combined with strong winds resulted in traffic jams being "a lot longer than usual" during rush hour on Monday morning, according to the ANWB. The weather is also affecting air traffic. KLM canceled 67 flights on Monday. And both the airline and Schiphol warn travelers to take delays into account.

Over 40,000 people participated in the Climate March in Amsterdam, 10 March 2019
Mar 11 '19 08:08

Tens of thousands of people gathered on Amsterdam's Dam square on Sunday to protest for a more active policy. Carrying signs saying things like 'What will my world look like when I'm as big as you?', 'Save the earth', and 'Do something', the demonstrators marched through the cold and rain from Dam Square to the Museumplein, NU.nl reports.

Wind knocks over bikes in Amsterdam
Mar 11 '19 07:38

With an average wind speed of 9 on the Beaufort scale in Vlissingen, the first official spring storm of the year became a fact on Sunday. Local safety offices in Noord-Brabant and Zeeland received dozens of damage reports. In Limburg train traffic was halted because of fallen trees on the tracks. And Eindhoven Airport had to temporarily keep all flights on the ground.

School kids marching through The Hague for more action against climate change, 7 Feb 2019
Mar 8 '19 14:40

This weekend will be a protest-filled one for the Dutch capital. The recurring Women's March will happen in Amsterdam on Saturday, and an even more popular climate protest is schedule to happen on Sunday, AT5 reports.

Around 3,500 people said on Facebook that they will be participating in the Women's March on Saturday. And over 16 thousand said they would be attending the climate protest on Sunday, with thousands more indicating that they are interested. While Facebook figures say little about the actual attendance, it seems that both protests will be well attended.

A rainy day in Amsterdam
Mar 8 '19 08:34

The wet weather of the past few days will last throughout the weekend, though the sun may peek through the clouds from time to time. Next week will start out with "March showers", there is even a chance of a little wet snow, Weerplaza weatherman Raymond Klaassen said to AD.

Ambulance
Mar 8 '19 08:07

Four hikers were caught by the rising tide off the coast of the Zeeland village o Renesse on Thursday. A 45-year-old woman from Vilvoorde, Belgium, drowned. Her two children aged 17 and 8, and a 23-year-old woman from Renesse were injured, NOS reports.

The Dutch woman and her three dogs, and the Belgian woman and her son and daughter were walking on Verklikkerstrand when they got stuck on a sandbank by the rising tide. According to the police, they did not know each other. 

Greenhouse gas emissions
Mar 7 '19 15:10

The works councils of 17 large companies in the Netherlands are calling on politicians to be careful of what measures they implement to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. They worry about what effect a will have on the industry, they said in an open letter in the Volkskrant.

A stiff wind catches the Amsterdam flag flying over Oudebrugsteeg in the city center, 7 March 2019
Mar 7 '19 14:20

The coastal provinces in the Netherlands can expect strong winds on Thursday afternoon and evening, with gusts between 75 and 90 kilometers per hour. National meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning. 

The warning is in effect starting from 3:00 p.m. In the west the wind should die down during the course of the evening, according to the KNMI. The Wadden area can expect strong gusts until early Friday morning. "Traffic and outside activities may be hindered. Follow weather reports and warnings', the KNMI advises.

Tulip field
Mar 7 '19 08:29

The spraying of agricultural poison on the Dutch bulb fields exposes many more local residents to much higher concentrations of these pesticides for much longer periods than was expected, according to a scientific study by research committee pesticides and residents OBO. These pesticides are found in the diapers of babies who live 250 meters away from the bulb fields, television program Zembla, which has the research report in its possession, reports.

Wind turbines in Amsterdam
Mar 7 '19 07:49

The number of Dutch people who are worried about climate change decreased significantly over the past months. While the group who thinks that addressing greenhouse gas emissions is going too far is growing since the government announced their , according to a survey by Peter Kanne of I&O Research, AD reports.

A KLM-branded Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flying over Amsterdam Centrum on approach to Schiphol Airport during a windy morning. The flight from Bogotá and Cartagena, Colombia was one of several passenger aircraft to arrive late, 4 March 2019
Mar 4 '19 14:10

Strong winds  had a major impact on air traffic at Schiphol Airport on Monday. Over a hundred flights were canceled, and hundreds more were delayed. 

Hard hat
Mar 4 '19 11:40

Scaffolding used for construction work on the shopping center on Tooropstraat in Nijmegen collapsed on Monday morning. The scaffolding, which was built over the whole facade of the shopping center, is blocking the entire street. The exact cause of the collapse is not yet clear, but may play a role, De Gelderlander reports.

Windy day at Schiphol Airport
Mar 4 '19 07:38

Strong winds are blowing in the Netherlands on Monday morning, with gusts up to 90 kilometers per hour inland and 100 kilometers per hour along the coast. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for the entire country. The winds are already causing problems in all forms of traffic.

Peewit eggs
Mar 1 '19 09:12

The first peewit egg of the year was found in the Friesland village of Vegelinsoord on Thursday. This is the first time in Dutch history that the first egg of the peewit, or Northern Lapwing, of the plover family, is found so early in the year, the Bond Friese Vogelwachten said to NU.nl reports.

Finding the first peewit egg heralds spring in the Netherlands. Looking for the first egg is a deeply rooted Dutch tradition. Historically, whoever found the first egg could present it to the King or Queen. 

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