Within 12 months, greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands must be reduced by at least 25 percent in comparison to 1990, the country's Supreme Court said in a ruling on Friday. The Court upheld lower court decisions that said the case was a human rights issue, and in turn ordered the emissions reduction, which Dutch environmental assessment agency PBL said was an unobtainable and "out of reach" goal.
The organization behind the Tulp Festival Amsterdam says the sixth annual edition of the event will begin on March 31. Hundreds of thousands of tulips will again be planted at dozens of locations all around the Dutch capital, including outside all of the city’s train stations.
Dutch national railway NS said it plans to work with Eurostar to run five high-speed trains daily between Amsterdam and London, with a stop in Rotterdam. The increase would mean the train service could conceivably handle up to 4,500 passengers per day in either direction.
The exoplanet that the Dutch population was asked to name will be called Night Watch, after the painting by Dutch grandmaster Rembrandt van Rijn. The star Night Watch revolves around will be called Starry Night, after the Vincent van Gogh masterpiece, the International Astronomical Union announced on Tuesday.
The Netherlands needs tens of thousands of hectares more nature reserves to achieve European nature objectives, according to the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL. Take measures to make nature more robust, so that more permits can be granted for construction and other projects, the PBL said in new advice to the government, AD reports.
Dutch flag carrier airline KLM plans to send ticketed passengers a mobile payment request to offset their share of carbon-dioxide emissions. The airline said it will start the program as a test in 2020 using social media messaging platform WhatsApp to distribute the requests.
All money collected will be invested in a Panamanian reforestation project, the airline said.
The Dutch government has formulated ambitious sustainability goals, like reducing CO2 emissions by 49 percent by 2030 and achieving a fully circular economy by 2050, but there is no coherent vision on what a sustainable society will look like and how to get to such a society, the Council for the Environment and Infrastructure said in its advisory report titled "Toward
Dutch European Commissioner Frans Timmermans is pushing to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent, and to achieve this by 2050, according to a 'Green Deal' he and European Commission chairman Ursula von der Leyen will present on Wednesday. The package of measures will overhaul the entire European legislation, the Volkskrant reported on Tuesday.
A golden jackal was recently spotted in Drenthe, forestry association Staatsbosbeheer announced on Friday. This is the third ever sighting of a golden jackal in the Netherlands, and the first to be spotted outside the Veluwe.
The Drenthe sighting happened by luck - the golden jackal walked past a wildlife camera on November 22nd, according to Staatsbosbeheer.
Flight traffic at Eindhoven Airport started up early Thursday afternoon after thick fog and poor visibility kept planes grounded throughout the morning. A large number of flights are reported as delayed on Schiphol's site.
Commuters throughout the Netherlands can expect thick fog along the roadways Thursday morning, and the reduced visibility was likely to cause problems throughout the morning at Eindhoven Airport. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the whole country except Zeeland and the Wadden Islands, with visibility falling below 200 meters in some places.
"The Dutch government does not have a handle on the rat problem", according to Bastiaan Meerburg of the knowledge and advice center on animal plagues KAD. Even though many municipalities signal an increase in complaints about rats, there is no clear count on how many rats call the Netherlands home, NOS reports.
Fog is causing visibility problems in the Netherlands' southern promises on Wednesday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning. Eindhoven Airport warns that the fog may cause some flight delays.
The airport's site shows a handful of delayed arrivals and departures, but so far none of the delays are longer than 30 minutes.
Lummetje, fishing cutter UK165 from Urk that sank in the North Sea west of Texel last week, got its net stuck on a shipwreck, according to Jouke Soelstra of rescue organization KNRM. The area around De Razende Bol sand bank is very treacherous due to the many shipwrecks there, he said to Noordhollands Dagblad.
Municipalities in the Netherlands are increasingly turning to natural methods in the fight against the oak processionary caterpillar. Municipalities are looking into promoting natural predators, bacteria based pesticides, and transforming their tree stock so they have less oak trees, NOS reports after surveying the Dutch municipalities.
Multiple accidents occurred in the Rotterdam region on Monday morning as a result of icy and slippery roads. The accidents caused delays for motorists in the morning rush hour.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow slippery roads warning for Gelderland and Noord-Brabant on Monday morning. Travelers' association ANWB warned that Gelderland, Utrecht and Noord-Brabant can expect issues. But the problems extended beyond those provinces.
The bodies of two men were found in sunken fishing cutter Lummetje in the North Sea early on Sunday afternoon. While official identification is still in progress, the victims are almost certainly 27-year-old Hendrik-Jan de Vries and 41-year-old Jochem Foppen, who disappeared with the Lummetje on Thursday. "It is good for the families that the uncertainty has come to an end", Mayor Ineke Bakker of Urk said in a statement, De Gelderlander reports.
Two rescue workers were injured during a search and rescue mission for a sunken fishing cutter and two missing sailors from Urk on the North Sea on Thursday. One of the two rescuers sustained "serious injuries" to his back, the other bruised his ribs. The search for the two missing sailors, identified as 41-year-old Jochem Foppen and 27-year-od Hendrik-Jan de Vries, was halted for Friday due to bad weather conditions.
The number of cows, bulls and calves in the Netherlands decreased by 3 percent this year to 3.8 million, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday based on the provisional figures from the Agricultural Census. "That is really extremely beneficial for the nitrogen dossier",Cor Pierik, agricultural economist at Statistics Netherlands, said to RTL Nieuws.
Allowing cats to roam outside without human supervision is illegal according to European rules for nature protection, lawyers and Tilburg University researchers Arie Trouwborst and Han Somsen conclude. The domestic cat is a danger to nearly 370 endangered species and is considered one of Europe's top three most harmful exotic animals. The domestic cat is originally from Africa, Trouw reports based on interviews with Trouwborst, an associate professor, and Somsen, a full professor at the Tilburg Law School.
Almost 40 percent of passengers who fly through Schiphol do not fly further than 750 kilometers, Greenpeace reports based on research by consultancy and engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV. According to Greenpeace, 750 kilometers is in many cases a distance that can easily be traveled by train or electric bus, saving a lot of CO2 emissions during these short flights' taxiing, takeoffs and landings.
Shell turned to court to demand that all Greenpeace protests be banned on and around the four Brent oil platforms in the British part of the North Sea. In mid-October Greenpeace protested on two of the no-longer-in-use platforms, demanding that Shell dismantle and remove the platforms. A court in Scotland will rule on this case on Thursday, NOS reports.
Fog is reducing visibility to less than 200 meters in large parts of the Netherlands on Monday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning. Road users are advised to drive slowly and keep a safe following distance.
The warning is in place for the provinces of Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Limburg, Noord-Brabant, Utrecht and Gelderland. The fog should dissipate by around 9:00 a.m.
Residents of the Utrecht town of Overberg have a novel idea on how to stop speeding. Instead of using speed bumps or cameras, they want to use live animals. This is already done in a small scale by local farmer Gerry. Her neighbor now wants to expand it, RTL Nieuws reports.