Nature

Oak processionary caterpillars
Jul 18 '19 11:50

Dozens of people sustained eye injuries caused by miniscule hairs released by oak processionary caterpillars over the past weeks. At least 92 patients went to ophthalmologists in the Netherlands with eye problems caused by these poisonous caterpillars, NOS reports after surveying 133 ophthalmologists.

Sunscreen
Jul 18 '19 11:00

The Netherlands can look forward to real summers weather next week, with high temperatures and little chance of rain. There is even a good chance of a regional heatwave in the southeast of the country, according to Weeronline.

Maximums next week will range between 25 and 30 degrees. The southeast may even see temperatures climb to 34 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday. The chance of rain and thunderstorms is very small, according to the weather service.

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Jul 18 '19 09:11

"A moderation in growth or a limited decline in aviation" will not hurt the Dutch economy, but will benefit the environment, research agency CE Delft concluded in a study commissioned by Natuur en Milieu. The researchers found that there is no scientific basis for five important arguments often used as reasons not to limit growth in the aviation sector, NOS reports.

Irrigation
Jul 18 '19 08:21

An irrigation ban is in effect in the Achterhoek, Twente and parts of Drenthe from noon on Thursday. From then farmers in these areas are not allowed to use surface water for watering their fields, waterboards Rijn en Ijssel and Vechtstroom announced on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

Gavel
Jul 17 '19 14:20

The Council of State blocked the widening of the Utrecht ring road in a ruling on Wednesday. The minister of the then Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment gave permission to widen the road, but the Council of State abolished this decision, NU.nl reports.

The plan was to widen the highway at Amelisweerd to seven lanes in each direction, in order to ensure a better flow of traffic on the A27 and A12 highways. In order to widen this highway, thousands of trees will need to be felled.

Partial lunar eclipse
Jul 16 '19 15:10

If the weather cooperates, a partial lunar eclipse will be visible above the Netherlands on Tuesday night. People in the west of the country have the best chance of the clouds clearing in time to see the eclipse, while people in the east will likely be unlucky, Martin Dorrestein of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws.

Moonrise in the Netherlands will be at 9:48 p.m. By then the initial phase of the eclipse will have been going on for about an hour. The highlight will be at 11:30 p.m. At 2:20 a.m., the eclipse will be over and the moon will sine like normal again. 

794px-Fire_fighters_gear
Jul 16 '19 13:30

Multiple large natural fires broke out in the south of France on Monday, prompting the evacuation of over 2,500 tourists on vacation at the campsites in the coastal town of Argelès-sur-Mer. The area is a popular holiday destination among Dutch. "It rained ash particles", a Dutch tourist in the area said to AD.

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Jul 15 '19 13:30

The amount of greenhouse gasses emitted by Dutch airlines increased significantly in the past five years. TUI Airlines Nederland saw its emissions increase by 74 percent, Corendon by 70 percent, Transavia by 33 percent, and KLM by 18 percent, NOS reports based on figures from the Dutch emissions authority NEa.

A cloudy day in Amsterdam
Jul 15 '19 08:38

While the week is starting out chilly with occasional showers, the weather will turn more summery from Wednesday, Buienradar expects. Maximums will start climbing from Wednesday, reaching a summery 27 degrees Celsius by Friday. And while the clouds will not disappear completely, there will be more sunshine.

"It will not be radiantly sunny", meteorologist Arjan Willemse of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws. "Cloud fields will keep coming, but it will certainly be a lot more summery than now."

Simba
Jul 12 '19 14:30

A weak and seriously neglected lion offered for sale at a market in Baghdad, Iraq early this year, is getting a second chance in the Netherlands. Thanks to the intervention of two Dutch persons, and after months of negotiations, lion Simba is heading to the lion sanctuary in Anna Paulowna, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Over 40,000 people participated in the Climate March in Amsterdam, 10 March 2019
Jul 12 '19 13:40

Utrecht declared the climate a state of emergency on Thursday night. A majority of the city council supported a motion by animal rights party PvdD calling for maximum effort to be put into limiting global warming as much as possible. With this, Utrecht follows cities like Amsterdam, Haarlem, London, Paris and Sydney, who also declared a climate emergency, NOS reports

Rainy weather
Jul 11 '19 16:50

This past week has not been all that summery in the Netherlands, and that does not look to be changing in the coming days. Friday will be wet and dreary, with heavy showers expected, Buineradar meteorologist Maurice Middendorp said to RTL Nieuws.

The northwest of the Netherlands already had their first taste of what is to come, with heavy showers on Thursday morning. On Friday it is the west of the country that will first see the rain, but the heaviest showers will fall to the east. 

People enjoying the summer weather in Oosterpark in Amsterdam, 23 June 2019
Jul 11 '19 10:10

By 2050 the climate in Amsterdam,, The Hague and Rotterdam will be comparable to what Paris has today, according to an analysis by scientists from Crowther Lab, which forms part of the ETH Zuirch university. According to the researchers, 77 percent of the world's cities will see a "striking change" in climate by 2050.

German Shepard dog and a ginger cat
Jul 10 '19 16:00

For the fourth year in a row, Max was the most popular name for a dog in the Netherlands last year. Simba was the most popular name for a cat, according to an annual overview by pet insurer Reaal Dier & Zorg. 

The only new name in the dogs' top five is Lola in fifth place, according to. Second place went to Bella, third to Pip and fourth to Bo. Bailey dropped off the top 5. 

Sunny Amsterdam
Jul 8 '19 17:20

While the week started out on the cool side for the Netherlands, sunnier and warmer weather is on the horizon, Weerplaza expects. Temperatures will start climbing again on Thursday. And while plenty of sunshine is expected, there is also a chance of a shower here and there.

Stock photo police shared to describe an escaped kangaroo wandering around Epe, N309 highway, 8 July 2019
Jul 8 '19 15:20

The police in the Gelderland town of Epe had their hands full on Monday morning trying to catch an escaped kangaroo. The animal was spotted wandering around the N309 highway. "The biped is fast and it has not been possible to catch it", the police said on Facebook. 

So far the police managed to identify the kangaroo's owner. Actually catching the Australian marsupial turned out to be the the harder task. The kangaroo is still on the loose. 

Motorists driving around Epe are advised to keep an eye out for the kangaroo. 

A Dutch tourist snapped this photo of thousands of oak processionary caterpillars covering a tree at a campsite in Volstroff, France. June 17, 2019
Jul 5 '19 11:50

A video of a 69-year-old Enschede woman enthusiastically attacking oak processionary caterpillars with a heat gun, is going viral in the Netherlands. According to Attie Saas, this is the only way to tackle these poisonous caterpillars - or "rotten beasts" as she calls them - which are currently plaguing the Netherlands. 

In the video, Attie can be seen giving the caterpillars the finger, before burning them with the heat gun at close range. "I'll tackle them, those bastards."

Frosty daisy
Jul 4 '19 12:10

Summer seems to have temporarily fled the Netherlands. Where last week saw record high temperatures, residents of Eastern Netherlands woke up to a frost covered landscape on Thursday. At the former air base in Twente, a minimum of -1.6 degrees Celsius was measured - a record low for July, according to Weerplaza.

Portrait_Lodewijk_Asscher_from_amsterdam.nl
Jul 4 '19 10:30

Left-wing opposition parties GroenLinks and PvdA are demanding some changes to the Climate Agreement before they will support it in the Senate. "If you think that we are applauding, then you are wrong", PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher said during the first parliamentary debate on the Agreement on Wednesday, NOS reports. "If there are no concrete solutions, you can forget our support."

Tree felling
Jul 3 '19 13:30

Dutch nature organization Natuurmonumenten wants to reduce its tree felling. The organization will only cut down trees in its controlled areas if there is good reason to do so. And for every tree that is felled, Natuurmonumenten will plant another one elsewhere, the organization reported to NU.nl on Wednesday.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Jul 3 '19 12:30

With its Dutch airports alone, the Schiphol Group is responsible for 13.6 million tons of CO2 emissions per year, according to a study by environmental research agency CE Delft on behalf of Greenpeace. Schiphol itself says it emits only 33 thousand tons of CO2, the Volkskrant reports.

According to CE Delft's calculations, Schiphol is responsible for almost 7 percent of all CO2 emissions in the Netherlands. For comparison, all passenger cars in the country account for 8.5 percent of Dutch emissions. 

A Dutch tourist snapped this photo of thousands of oak processionary caterpillars covering a tree at a campsite in Volstroff, France. June 17, 2019
Jul 2 '19 14:20

A team of experts in the field of oak processionary caterpillars is meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality this week. They hope to quickly come up with an action plan for how municipalities and provinces can tackle the millions of these poisonous caterpillars plaguing the country, NU.nl reports.

Lavender field
Jul 2 '19 12:40

Dutch companies involved in the cultivation of flowers in developing countries agree that there are many abuses in this industry. The working conditions are poor and the excessive use of pesticides and water puts food productions in those countries at risk. Some 600 Dutch companies - from growers to supermarkets - therefore signed a covenant promising improvement, NOS reports.

vrouwenpolder
Jul 1 '19 16:50

With an average temperature of 18.1 degrees Celsius in De Bilt, this past June was the warmest ever June in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901. The previous record was held jointly by June 1976 and 2017, with an average temperature of 18.0 degrees, meteorological institute KNMI reported.

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