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Hurricane Harvey causes flooding in Pearland, Texas, 27 Aug 2017
Aug 30 '17 13:30

Engineers in the American city of New Orleans are working with the Dutch government and Dutch researchers to come up with a way to make the Louisiana city more flood-resistant,Twelve years after Hurricane Katrina basically destroyed the city, New Orleans is again facing flooding with Hurricane Harvey heading its way.

Crime scene
Aug 30 '17 11:30

Tropical weather in the Netherlands on Tuesday sent many people to the water to cool down. This did not work out well for everyone. At least three people drowned while swimming on Tuesday.

A 14-year-old boy in Eindhoven on Tuesday afternoon. Police divers took his body out of the water around 2:00 p.m. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

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Aug 29 '17 13:30

Today is expected to be the first tropically warm day in the Netherlands since July 19th, according to Weeronline. Temperatures in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant, Limburg and the Achterhoek are expected to range between 30 and 32 degrees. 

And with a maximum temperature of around 29 degrees expected in De Bilt, today stands a good chance of breaking the record for the hottest August 29th since temperature measurements started. The previous record dates back to 1930, when 29.3 degrees were measured in De Bilt. 

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Aug 28 '17 10:20

Monday and Tuesday are expected to be hot and sunny across the Netherlands, with temperatures up to 32 degrees on Tuesday, Weeronline predicts. Though by Wednesday, rain is expected to drive the summer weather away for a while.

Monday started out foggy, but temperatures will rise during the course of the day. Maximum temperatures will range from 22 degrees in the north to around 29 degrees in the south of the country. 

Aug 23 '17 15:30

The Council of State reprimanded the province of Overijssel for shooting large numbers of geese in various natural areas. According to the Council, the highest administrative court in the Netherlands, the provincial government did not conduct enough research into the consequences of killing these animals on such a large scale, ANP reports.

The Council ordered the province to do this research within six months. 

Holiday
Aug 23 '17 13:30

The first summery weather of the month hit the Netherlands on Wednesday. The nice weather sent many Dutch flocking to the coast, for some swimming and sunbathing before autumn strikes, the Telegraaf reports.

Zuid-Holland, Zeeland, Noord-Brabant and Limburg can expect maximum temperatures around 29 degrees today. The northern provinces are somewhat cooler with temperatures ranging between 23 and 25 degrees.

Albert Heijn's serrano ham wins Wakker Dier's liar, liar award for 2017
Aug 23 '17 12:10

Albert Heijn won animal rights organization Wakker Dier's "liar, liar award" for 2017 with an misleading article about the supermarket chain's serrano ham. An article about the ham in an April issue of Allerhande showed a picture of pigs in a meadow, while the Albert Heijn serrano ham pigs spend their entire lives in a small stable surrounded by their own poop, according to the organization, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Aug 23 '17 11:30

In the summary proceedings court on Wednesday, environmental organization Milieudefensie demanded that the Dutch state immediately implement measures to reduce air pollution. Campaign leader Anne Knol calls it "absolutely necessary that measures be taken quickly to make the air healthier", NOS reports. 

The organization already for this, but Milieudefensie thinks this will take too long.

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Aug 21 '17 17:20

The Netherlands public works department Rijkswaterstaat is already stocking up on salt for the winter season. The first salt shipment, containing 3 million kilograms of salt, will arrive at the Rijkswaterstaat salt warehouse in Raamdonksveer on Tuesday, ANP reports. 

In total the Rijkswaterstaat is supplementing its stockpiles with 75 million kilograms of salt, up to a total of over 200 million kilograms. The salt is stored in four central warehouses and 56 regional support points. 

Foggy Schiphol, 29 Dec 2016
Aug 16 '17 12:20

Dozens of flights from Schiphol airport were canceled on Wednesday morning due to . The airport expects that all affected passengers will be transferred to other flights during the course of the day, NU.nl reports.

Fog at Schiphol Airport, 28 Oct 2016
Aug 16 '17 07:27

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning stating that thick mists could cause traffic problems during morning rush hour. The warning is in effect for most of  the country.

The mist is expected to dissipate around 9:00 a.m. 

"Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility. Adjust speed and keep a sufficient following distance. Fog can be treacherous by sudden occurrence. Follow weather reports and warnings", the KNMI advises.

Pai Canyon in Thailand
Aug 15 '17 14:20

A 46-year-old Dutch tourist was rescued from a ravine in Mae Hong Son in Thailand on Monday night. Rescue workers believe the woman slipped while hiking in the mountains and fell into the six meter deep hole. She sustained injuries to her back, but is doing well under the circumstances, AD reports.

The Dutch woman spent about an hour and a half at the bottom of the ravine before the rescuers managed to get her out. She was taken to a hospital in Chiang Mai for X-rays and recovery. 

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Aug 15 '17 13:40

Traces of the potentially carcinogenic substance GenX were found in the tap water of The Hague, Zoetermeer and Leiden, water company Dunea announced on Tuesday. The company stresses that the concentrations are very low and that the drinking water is still safe, AD reports.

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Aug 15 '17 10:20

Thunderstorms and heavy rains are expected to hit the eastern and southern provinces on Tuesday afternoon, Weeronline expects. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow storm warning taking effect from noon.

The storms may be accompanied by lightning, hail and strong winds blowing between 75 and 90 kilometers per hour, according to Weeronline.

"Avoid open water and open areas, don't shelter under trees", the KNMI warns. "Follow weather reports and warnings."

Aug 15 '17 09:40

As of January 1st next year, all airports in the Schiphol Group will run entirely on sustainable energy generated in the Netherlands. The airport company signed a long-term agreement to this effect with electricity provider Eneco, ANP reports.

The Schiphol group covers the airports Schiphol, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Lelystad. Together the airports use about 200 gigawatt hours of power every year. That's comparable to the consumption of 60 thousand households. 

Container ship CSCL Jupiter
Aug 14 '17 13:10

Large container ship CSCL Jupiter is stuck on the Westerschelde near Bath, the Rijkswaterstaat announced. Shipping traffic is halted for at least the rest of the day, ANP reports.

The CSCL Jupiter is 366 meters long, according to the news wire. As it is currently outgoing tide, nothing can be done about the ship right away, a spokesperson for the Rijkswaterstaat said. At high tide around 8:00 p.m., the ship will be freed.

How the container ship came to be stranded is not yet clear. It was sailing from Antwerp to Hamburg. 

Aug 14 '17 08:27

The Dutch government collected 25.3 billion euros in environmental taxes and levies last year, 3 percent more than in 2015, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Monday. Households carried almost two thirds of that amount. 

Paraffin on a beach between Heemskerk and Castricum, 11 Aug 2017
Aug 11 '17 16:10

Paraffin washed ashore on the beaches in Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland over the past days. The beaches will be cleaned up over the weekend, NOS reports.

Sunbathers can visit the beaches as usual, according to Rijkswaterstaat.

The paraffin washed ashore from Noordwijk to Zandvoort and from IJmuiden to Den Helder. It can only be cleaned up at low tide. 

Bearded saki monkey at Apenheul zoo
Aug 11 '17 12:50

Apenheul welcomed a new species of monkey this week. The zoo is now home to two bearded saki monkeys, making Apenheul one of only four zoos in all of Europe where these rare monkeys can be seen, De Stentor reports.

Bearded sakis can be recognized by their beard and thick tail. The two male bearded sakis now living in Apenheul come from Belfast and Colchester. They are still getting used to their new home in the Dutch zoo. One has already been spotted outside on the Wolapeneiland several times, the other is still a little shy.

Baby rhino born at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem, 10 Aug 2017
Aug 11 '17 12:10

A baby white rhinoceros was born at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem on Thursday night. Thousands of people watched the birth, which happened at 10:30 p.m., live via webcam, according to the zoo.

This is the second time mother Izala gives birth at the zoo. Her first baby was stillborn in January 2016. According to the zoo, it is common for white rhinos to struggle with the first birth. This second birth went very well. 

The new baby rhino is a girl and was named Wiesje, according to Omroep Gelderland.

Izala came to the Arnhem zoo from a zoo in Kolmarden, Sweden in 2013.

Plus Pool Project
Aug 9 '17 17:30

Heineken wants to make swimming in polluted New York City rivers a reality again buy helping build a floating pool that filters the dirty water. The 'Plus Pool Project' was already conceived in 2010, but the Dutch beer brewer is breathing new life into it by committing its name to the project, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Giant panda Xing Ya with his birthday cake at Ouwehands Zoo, 8 Aug 2017
Aug 9 '17 12:10

On Tuesday giant pandas Xing Ya and Wu Wen celebrated their 4th birthday in the Ouwehands zoo in Rhenen. To celebrate, the zoo gave each of them a giant birthday 'cake'.

Xing Ya's cake consisted of frozen water, beetroot juice, carrots and apples. The top layer was decorated with four candles made from bamboo and carrots. Wu Wen's cake was made from carrot juice and fruit. Both pandas seemed to enjoy their cakes, both in taste and as a new toy to play with.

Funchal airport on the Portuguese island of Madeira
Aug 8 '17 15:40

A group of 200 Dutch tourists are among thousands stuck on the Portuguese island of Madeira since Saturday. The flight set to bring the Dutch tourists home couldn't take off from Funchal Airport on Saturday due to heavy winds. An airplane sent to pick up the stranded tourists on Monday tried to land three times in vain, a spokesperson for TUI said to the Telegraaf.

Dozens of flights had to be canceled because the planes couldn't land or takeoff due to the weather. A total of around 6 thousand people are stranded on the island. 

Aug 8 '17 08:57

A large part of the Netherlands can expect rain and storms from early this afternoon, especially the central and northern parts of the country. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning, taking effect from 1:00 p.m.

Rainfall of up to 30 millimeters can be expected locally. There's also a chance of lightning, hail and strong winds. "Traffic and outside activities may be hindered", according to the KNMI. "Avoid open water and open areas, don't shelter under trees."

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