Nature

Farmers protest on Malieveld in The Hague, 1 October 2019
Oct 16 '19 07:35

Hundreds of farmers have taken to the streets on their tractors in another protest against nitrogen measures. They will start their protest in De Bilt, near the national institute for public health and environment RIVM, and then move on to The Hague around midday. Traffic is already piling up, with 346 kilometers of traffic jams reported by 7:15 a.m., according to the ANWB.

A cloudy day in Amsterdam
Oct 10 '19 11:40

After a cold and gloomy week, the Netherlands can look forward to some higher temperatures this weekend. Saturday will still be gray and rainy, but Sunday sees a chance of some sunshine and temperatures up to 23 degrees, according to Weeronline.

Afternoon temperatures on Thursday will range between 14 degrees on the Wadden and in the northeast of the country to 16 degrees in the south. It will be cloudy, but the sun may peek through in some places. There will be a few showers throughout the evening and night, mainly in the north and northwest of the country.

Schiphol Amsterdam
Oct 10 '19 08:14

Greenpeace is planning a multi-day 'protestival' at Schiphol airport over the weekend of December 14th. The aim of this event is to draw attention to the airport's impact on the environment. "Because when it comes to how we are going to stop the climate crisis, Schiphol remains awfully quiet", campaign leader Dewi Zloch said to Het Parool.

Supermarket
Oct 10 '19 07:38

People in the Netherlands use 26 billion pieces of plastic food packaging per year - 1,500 pieces of plastic per Dutch person per year, or four per day, according to a study by ING Economic Bureau. And plastic consumption continues to grow along with the population, increasing by around 100 million pieces of packaging every year, NOS reports.

Climate protest by Extinction Rebellion on Stadhouderskade in Amsterdam, 7 October 2019
Oct 8 '19 11:10

Blockade protests for more action against climate change on Stadhouderskade and elsewhere in Amsterdam on Monday ended at around 9:00 p.m., the Amsterdam police said on Twitter. A total of around 90 people were arrested, around 30 of whom were still in custody on Monday night. The rest were sent home with a fine of 380 euros for not following police orders. On Tuesday the protesters are planning a demonstration in Vondelpark, they said on Twitter. 

Rat
Oct 8 '19 09:24

The problems caused by rats will worsen considerably in the coming years and may become comparable in size to that caused by the oak processionary caterpillar over the summer, according to Bastiaan Meerburg, researcher at Wageningen University and director of the knowledge center on animal pests KAD. He therefore calls for a large-scale study into the behavior of these animals, so that a plague can be effectively fought, he said to Eindhovens Dagblad.

Maud and Emma holding up a sign at a climate protest by Extinction Rebellion in Amsterdam, 7 Oct 2019
Oct 7 '19 12:10

Around 50 protesters were arrested at a climate blockade on Stadshouderskade near the Rijksmuseum on Monday, the Amsterdam police confirmed to NOS at around 10:15 a.m. The protest for more action to be taken against climate change by action group Extinction Rebellion is still ongoing. The atmosphere is friendly, despite the arrests, three of the protesters said to NL Times. 

Ducks swimming in Amsterdam's Oosterpark, 7 Oct 2019
Oct 7 '19 08:20

Sunday was the coldest October 6th in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901. The maximum at the national weather station in De Bilt climbed to only 9.6 degrees Celsius, breaking the previous record of 10.1 degrees dating from 1936, Weeronline reports.

Extinction Rebellion blocking Stadhouderskade in Amsterdam, 7 Oct 2019
Oct 7 '19 07:24

Hundreds of environmental activists are demonstrating for more measures against climate change in Amsterdam on Monday morning. Action group Extinction Rebellion is blocking access to the Stadhouderskade at the Rijksmuseum, NOS reports.

People enjoying the summer weather in Oosterpark in Amsterdam, 23 June 2019
Oct 4 '19 17:00

The two biggest cities in the Netherlands did not score particularly well in the Husqvarna Urban Green Space Index. On this ranking of the greenest cities in the world, in a literal sense, Amsterdam came in 58th place and Rotterdam in 68th. Durban in South Africa is the greenest city in the world.

Emissions in traffic
Oct 4 '19 07:38

At least a few dozen Dutch people were forced to move due to the air quality around their home, according to a study by the Long Fonds. These involve people who became so sick from the air pollution in their environment, that it seriously affected the quality of their life, AD reports.

Hurricane Lorenzo shortly after its initial peak intensity on 27 September 2019
Oct 2 '19 18:00

The remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo are expected to make landfall in the Netherlands on Friday, possibly dumping rain across much of the country. The storm gathered strength growing to a Category 5 storm, before approaching the Azores as a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of about 150 kilometers per hour.

From there, it is expected to reach Ireland on Thursday and the Netherlands on Friday, according to weather website Weerplaza. The country could be subjected to over 10 millimeters of precipitation with winds of about 50 km/h.

Sail to the COP
Oct 2 '19 14:15

A group of 36 young people departed from Amsterdam by sailboat on Tuesday afternoon, heading towards the UN Climate Summit in Chile. With their six to eight week-long journey to the South American country, the team wants to draw attention to a climate-neutral future for travel. 

An image of world air pollution taken by Dutch space instrument Tropomi
Sep 30 '19 15:30

The latest images from Dutch space instrument Tropomi, which maps air pollution around the globe, shows that India is the new top polluter in the world. Also, research shows that the Netherlands has one of the highest concentrations of nitrogen dioxide in Europe, Pieternel Levelt, head of satellite observation at Dutch meteorological institute KNMI and professor at TU Delft, said to newspaper AD. 

Climate strike on Koekamp in The Hague, 27 September 2019
Sep 27 '19 13:48

Thousands of kids, young people and adults flooded to Koekamp in The Hague on Friday afternoon to protest for a more effective climate policy. By around 1:00 p.m., when the protest was set to start, The Hague Central Station was completely packed with people. "Stay calm and follow the directions of NS personnel", the police advised on Twitter. 

Litter
Sep 27 '19 12:10

As the industry is failing to reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles ending up in the trash and littering the streets and nature, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management has decided to move up her decision on introducing a deposit on small plastic bottles. 

Climate strike in The Hague, 27 September 2019
Sep 27 '19 09:59

Throngs of schoolchildren and adults are expected to walk out of their classrooms, jobs and daily routines to instead take to the streets of The Hague to demand that the Dutch government and other world leaders take more action against global warming. They join a global movement of young people demanding that their world be protected against the climate crisis. 

A digital manipulation of a flooded city in the Netherlands
Sep 26 '19 09:51

If greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, the sea level will rise by 84 centimeters by the year 2,100, according to findings that the UN climate panel IPCC published on Wednesday. As the Delta Works only protects against a sea level rise of 40 centimeters, that will leave the Netherlands 48 centimeters under water, researcher Marjolijn Haasnoot from Deltares said to NRC.

Oak processionary caterpillars
Sep 25 '19 16:10

Doctors in the Netherlands reported a major spike in patients this past June for complaints related to the poisonous oak processionary caterpillars. Primary care physicians in the last week of June saw a 4.5 times more patients than in other weeks, according to care research organization Nivel.

King Willem-Alexander with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Foreign Affairs Ministers Stef Blok and Sigrid Kaag at the UN General Assembly, 24 Sept 2019
Sep 25 '19 07:34

In his speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations, King Willem-Alexander called on Russia to cooperate in the investigation into the downing of flight MH17. "The relatives of the 298 victims expect justice and we will not rest until justice is done", the Dutch King said. King Willem-Alexander also spoke on climate change and LGBTQ rights in his speech. NOS reports.

Aerial photo of the Zandvoort circuit in 2016
Sep 24 '19 12:10

Multiple environmental organizations are going to court to challenge a construction permit the province of Noord-Holland issued for the Formula 1 in Zandvoort. They want to prevent the dune area around the coastal town being affected by the work for the Grand Prix, a spokesperson for Mobilization for the Environment, one of the organizations involved in the lawsuit, confirmed to NU.nl.

Dam tot Damloop runners on Nieuwe Leeuwarderweg
Sep 23 '19 18:40

The use of cold water baths in the unseasonably warm Dam tot Dam run between Amsterdam and Zaandam on Sunday was very successful. Overheating runners could quickly dunk in the bath and cool down. "I don't rule out that it saved lives", Ron van der Jagt, director of organizer Le Champion, said to RTL Nieuws.

Size comparison of Hyalomania ticks (above) to common sheep ticks (below)
Sep 23 '19 14:30

A Hyalomma tick, commonly referred to as a giant tick, was found in Wageningen. This is the third specimen of this type of tick, which can carry dangerous diseases like Crimean Congo virus and Spotted Fever, to be found in the Netherlands this year. The other sightings were in Drenthe and in the Achterhoek in July.

Sunny day at Molen de Valk in Leiden, 6 November 2018
Sep 20 '19 15:50

This weekend will be warm and predominantly sunny in the Netherlands. Maximums up to 26 degrees are expected on Sunday, according to Weeronline.

Friday will already see warm autumn weather in the south of the country, with thermometers climbing to 20 degrees in many places. The north will still be cloudy and a few degrees colder. 

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