Nature

Mark Rutte
Dec 11 '17 16:40

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is participating in the One Planet Summit in Paris on Tuesday. This informal climate summit marks the two year anniversary of the .

This informal summit was arranged by French president Emmanuel Macron. Its aim is to look at how far countries have come to meeting their climate goals set in the agreement, and to motivate them to achieve these goals.

Snow at Schiphol Airport, 10 Dec 2017
Dec 11 '17 15:50

Meteorological institute KMNI issued a code red alert warning of extremely dangerous weather due to heavy snowfall in the Netherlands. The snow already resulted in the cancellation and delays of many flights at the Dutch airports. Passengers are advised to check their flight status before leaving for the airport, and take extra travel time to the airport into account.

Rijkswaterstaat trucks working to clear snowy roads
Dec 11 '17 15:20

Heavy snowfall and a forced a number of businesses, schools, daycares and universities to close early on Monday. Despite the miserable weather, traffic information service VID expects few traffic jams during evening rush hour, as many people left for home early or worked from home today.

Travelers at Amsterdam Centraal check information boards for train cancellations, 11 Dec 2017
Dec 11 '17 14:14

Snowfall across the Netherlands is increasingly causing train traffic problems. NS has seven disruptions listed on its site, all with delays up to an hour.

Rijkswaterstaat trucks working to clear snowy roads
Dec 11 '17 12:25

Snow has started to fall in the south of the country, and it will move through the rest of the Netherlands in the coming hours. Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat reiterated its warning for motorists to stay off the roads, speaking of "very dangerous conditions", NOS reports.

A tiny snowman in an Amsterdam garden, 10 Dec 2017
Dec 11 '17 10:40

Due to heavy snowfall expected across the Netherlands this afternoon, many schools decided to give their students the day off on Monday. These include the 23 secondary schools under the ZAAM foundation in Amsterdam and its surrounds, the 4e Gymnasium in Amsterdam, the Amadeus Lyceum in Vleuten, the Coornhert Gymnasiam in Gouda, and the Wellant College in Alphen aan den Rijn, NU.nl reports.

"An email has just been sent from the board that at 1:00 p.m. te doors will close in all schools of ZAAM", an employee of the Amsterdam-Zuid school community said to NU.nl.

Bus riders try to jam into Bus 48 to Houthavens at Amsterdam Centraal, 11 Dec 2017
Dec 11 '17 09:59

The snowy weather in the Netherlands caused fewer traffic problems on the roads than expected on Monday morning. By 9:00 a.m. there were very few traffic jams left on Dutch roads. Public transit across the country was busier than usual during morning rush hour. According to the ANWB, many people listened to advice to stay off the roads, the Telegraaf reports.

Snow blankets Utrecht, 10 Dec 2017
Dec 11 '17 07:44

The Netherlands was blanketed in snow over the weekend and more snow is expected this afternoon. Meteorological institute KMNI issued a code orange weather warning of extremely dangerous weather. And the Rijkswaterstaat warns people to rather work from home today if possible.

A code yellow weather warning is currently in effect for the entire country. Motorists are warned to to be careful of icy and slippery roads. 

Rain in Amsterdam
Dec 8 '17 09:13

Winter weather conditions, including hail, light snow, cold rain, and a late sunrise led to a challenging morning rush hour in the Netherlands on Friday. Over 120 kilometers of traffic jams had already formed on Dutch highways by 8:45 a.m., according to driving association ANWB.

A code yellow weather warning was issued for the entire country due to potentially slippery conditions. The morning warning was set to expire at noon, but a second caution was to begin at 5 p.m. and last through to 11 p.m.

Cold morning in Rietlandpark in Amsterdam Oost, 7 Dec 2017
Dec 7 '17 09:39

From Friday the Netherlands can expect harsh winter weather, with an increasing chance of snow, according to Weeronline. The entire country may see some snow this weekend, especially on Sunday afternoon and evening, the weather service reports.

Kids jam the waterfront in Amsterdam Oost awaiting a visit from Sinterklaas and Piet before they return to Spain. 5 December 2017
Dec 5 '17 12:50

Everyone celebrating Pakjesavond in the Netherlands this evening, can look forward to not doing so in the rain, according to Weeronline. This evening is expected to be cloudy, but dry with mild temperatures ranging between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius. 

The Netherlands celebrates Pakjesavond on the evening of December 5th. Tonight many Dutch children will excitedly listen for a knock at the door, or a thump in the attic, and run to find that Sinterklaas left a sack full of gifts for them. 

A Scottish Highlander cow
Dec 5 '17 10:50

A 66-year-old woman from Doesburg was rushed and injured by a Scottish Highlander cow while walking in the Posbank nature reserve a few weeks ago. The cow left her with a deep cut in the stomach, that is still undergoing treatment. Natuurmonumenten will reimburse the woman for all damages she suffered, forester Jeroen de Koe said, according to NOS. "It is our animals and it is our responsiblity."

A sperm whale washed up on a beach near Domburg in Zeeland, 1 Dec 2017
Dec 1 '17 14:10

A whale of around 13.5 meters long washed up on a beach near Domburg in Zeeland on Friday morning. The dead animal is an adult male sperm whale, one of the largest predators in the animal kingdom, NU.nl reports.

Gray skies above the Beursplein in Amsterdam, 1 Dec 2017
Dec 1 '17 07:26

Motorists across the Netherlands should be extra alert when getting behind the wheel this morning. Visibility reducing fog, combined with slippery roads due to freezing, make for hazardous driving conditions. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for most of the country. 

Nov 30 '17 14:40

On Wednesday night the police rescued a woman in labor from a kilometer-long traffic jam on the A10 around Amsterdam. With the help of the police, an ambulance was called in, which took the woman and her husband to a hospital in time to have their baby, the police said on Twitter.

The couple was on their way to the hospital when they got stuck in traffic, caused by several accidents, according to RTL Nieuws.

After the ambulance had taken the couple to hospital, the police's transport service drove their car to them. 

 

African Elephant
Nov 30 '17 13:20

A 64-year-old man from Roermond and a 67-year-old Belgian woman were killed by an elephant in Zambia earlier this month. It happened in a flash, the Dutch man's daughter, who saw it happen, said to De Limburger.

Wim van Griensven was visiting Zambia with his good friend from Belgium Sabine Goossens, his daughter Ellen and her boyfriend Erik. They were staying in the Maramba River Lodge in Livingstone when they saw two elephants around 70 meters away on November 12th. Ellen, her father and Sabine walked closer.

Mount Agung on eastern Bali
Nov 29 '17 11:00

The airport in Bali is reopening today, the Indonesian authorities announced. The Denpasar airport was because of poor visibility caused by volcano Agung spewing ash into the air. Despite the airport's reopening, KLM is not resuming its flights yet, RTL Nieuws reports.

A scooter registration checker on Sarphatistraat in Amsterdam Centrum, 28 Nov 2017
Nov 28 '17 13:40

From January 1st, scooters made in or before 2010 will no longer be allowed in the environmental zone in Amsterdam city center. The municipality installed scooter registration checkers in six locations in the city, which will tell scooter drivers whether they will be allowed into the environmental zone next year.

These registration checkers will be in place until December 27th. Scooter drivers can also check their registration number on the municipality's website. The environmental zone for scooters is one of the measures Amsterdam is implementing to reduce emissions in the city.

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Nov 28 '17 12:20

The Netherlands has a few winter-cold days coming up later this week, according to Amara Onwuka of Buienradar. It's time to get out gloves, scarves and windshield scrapers, she said to RTL Nieuws.

Today and tomorrow will still be relatively mild, with some showers and occasional sunshine. Minimum temperatures will be around freezing.

From Thursday maximum temperatures in the Netherlands will climb no higher than 5 degrees, and drop below freezing at night. There will also be many winter showers - hailstorms along the coast, and snow further inland.

Mount Agung on eastern Bali
Nov 27 '17 08:24

The Indonesian authorities closed the international airport on Bali due to an eruption of volcano Agung spewing large amounts of ash on the island. A total of 445 flights were canceled, resulting in 59 thousand travelers stranded on the island, NOS reports.

Hundreds lined up for busses, trams, subways, ferries, and trains at Amsterdam Centraal. 27 Nov 2017
Nov 27 '17 07:26

Road users should expect a very busy rush hour on Monday morning. No train traffic is possible on one of the busiest routes in the country, due to maintenance work that is taking longer than expected. And rain and wind will only add to the problems. 

Escaped cows roaming through Bladel, 24 Nov 2017
Nov 24 '17 14:10

Some 40 cows escaped from their pasture on Friday morning and spent a few happy hours roaming around the Noord-Brabant town of Bladel, near the border with Belgium.

The police received the first report of the escaped cows around 5:00 a.m. on Friday, according to NU.nl.

The police and municipality both placed calls on their social media pages, looking for experienced farmers to help capture the animals. The cows were finally rounded up near the center of Bladel and near Hulsel. They were loaded into a trailer and returned to their pasture.

Nov 24 '17 12:50

Vondelpark is the only place in Amsterdam that meets the strict air quality standards of the World Health Organization, according to the city's annual publication Amsterdam in figures 2017. Air quality in the rest of the city is improving, but the air still contains too much particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide, RTL Nieuws reports.

Air quality was measured in ten spots throughout the Dutch capital for this publication. In the area of particulate matter, air quality in Amsterdam does meet the European standards, which are less stringent than those of the WHO. 

Snowball fight
Nov 21 '17 13:20

After a week of and rain, the Netherlands can expect some snow over the weekend, according to weather agency Weerplaza.

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