The Netherlands is doubling its contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to 100 thousand euros to help compensate for the United States' withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Environment State Secretary Sharon Dijksma said to the Volkskrant. She called on other European countries to do the same and thereby fill the financial hole the Americans left.
Today may well become the warmest June 15th in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901, weather service Weerplaza expects. Afternoon temperatures will range from 23 degrees on the Wadden islands to 30 degrees in the east. Though those hoping for a beautiful summer's day will be disappointed - storms are expected to hit the country this afternoon.
Rotterdam zoo visitors got a quite unusual show on Tuesday. A kudu - a type of antelope - attacked a giraffe. Videos of the attack show the kudu pushing the much larger giraffe over several times. The giraffe finally managed to rejoin the group of other giraffes, after which the kudu backed off.
The strange attack was witnessed by a large number of zoo visitors, according to RTV Rijnmond. A number of them filmed the kudu attack and posted it online.
Terrorism, cyber attacks and climate change are new concerns on top of the official risk assessment for Amsterdam and its surrounding municipalities. Since the previous risk assessment in 2012, safety office Veiligheidsregio Amsterdam-Amstelland dropped a number of older concerns to make room for new risks like the consequences of a terrorist attacks, increasingly dangerous storms due to climate change and the internet falling out due to a cyber attack, Het Parool reports.
The Netherlands can look forward to mostly pleasant weather this coming week, weather service Weerplaza expects. The week will be mostly sunny with mild to summery temperatures, and only a few showers.
Today will be partly cloudy, with some showers expected for the inland part of the country. Afternoon temperatures will range from 17 to 21 degrees. Tuesday is expected to be dry, but with some clouds inland. The western part of the country will have beautiful, cloudless weather, according to Weerplaza.
The entire country can look forward to a stormy Friday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow storm warning covering the entire Netherlands. The institute warns of strong winds, lightning, hail and large amounts of rain falling in a short time.
The storms will leave the country in a north easterly direction by this afternoon, the KNMI expects. Until then Netherlands residents can look forward to winds between 60 and 70 kilometers per hour and up to 20 mm of rain falling in a short period of time.
Frits Paymans, a VVD State member in Zuid-Holland, thinks that global warming is not caused by humans and that it is a conspiracy from which large multinationals benefit greatly, he said to Omroep West. His statements were received with shocked disbelief from other members of his party.
"The earth hasn't warmed over the past 20 years", Paymans said to the broadcaster. He called global warming a hype. "Climate change has always been here. The climate is never stable. It is the sum of all weather conditions."
Tuesday's stormy weather is continuing in the Netherlands' coastal provinces on Wednesday. And like Tuesday, the weather is causing a number of public transit problems in Amsterdam today. A code yellow weather warning for strong winds is in effect for the coastal provinces and IJsselmeer area. Meteorological institute KNMI warns of gusts up to 90 kilometers per hour.
The Dutch foundation of rare pet breeds SZH is taking a number of animals to the Binnenhof in The Hague on Tuesday to draw attention to rare breeds facing extinction. Along with some other organization, the foundation handed a letter to parliament asking for attention and money to make sure these breeds don't die out, NOS reports.
Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement is a "turning point" in the relationship between America and the Netherlands, Dutch Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said in a speech at Harvard University, ANP reports. "On the one hand, cooperation is needed more than ever, but it is also time for Europe to take its own responsibility", Koenders said.
A stormy afternoon is ahead for the Netherlands today. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning, warning of thunderstorms and strong winds starting along the southwestern coast around noon.
Not all of the Netherlands will contend with both storms and winds, some provinces can look forward to only thunderstorms and others to only wind. Either way, the weather is expected to be unpleasant.
After 'arresting' an escaped bull on Friday, the Amsterdam police also had to deal with a camel in the Red Light District on Saturday. A group of men marched the camel through the famous Amsterdam neighborhood as part of a bachelor party. The camel supervisor was arrested for an outstanding fine, Het Parool reports.
Nine people were injured when a KLM flight hit massive turbulence on its way from Amsterdam to Hong Kong on Sunday, according to local news site The Standard. The Boeing 747 went into what passengers describe as a "free fall" about half an hour before landing in the Chinese city, according to the site. Eight people - six passengers and two crew members - were taken to hospital after the plane landed.
The victims are four women and five men between the ages of 31 and 55 years. One sustained a minor head injury and refused to go to hospital afterwards.
The Netherlands can expect thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds, lightning strikes and hail on Tuesday afternoon. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire Netherlands, starting on the southwest coast at noon on Tuesday and spreading across the rest of the country during the course of the afternoon.
By stepping out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the United States is losing out on economic opportunities and innovation possibilities, former UN climate director Yvo de Boer said to BNR. With his decision, Donald trump is boosting the economy of the past, rather than investing in the economy of the future, he said.
A bull escaped from a slaughterhouse on Jan van Galenstraat in Amsterdam-West on Friday morning and roamed the streets of te city for around 30 minutes. The animal was finally caught by the police and a veterinarian, who lured him back into captivity using a cow, AT5 reports.
The United States is pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, president Donald Trump announced in a statement at the White House on Thursday afternoon, local time. The Netherlands deplores this decision, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in response. Our country and the rest of the world remains committed to battling climate change, he stressed. Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders called Trump's decision a "cardinal error", Environment State Secretary Sharon Dijksma called it a "historic mistake".
An eagle-owl chick narrowly escaped death in the Limburg town of Eygelshoven on Wednesday. The baby animal somehow found his way into a coal mill. If alert employees hadn't noticed him, there would be nothing of the bird left.
The mill employees quickly turned the machine off and called the local Animal Ambulance, according to AD. One of the rescuers, Rene Coumans, posted a video and photos of the rescue on his Facebook page and was flooded with reactions.
The Dutch government expects to make nearly 8 billion euros more on taxes and premiums than estimated on Budget Day last year, according to the Spring Memo sent to parliament by Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Thursday. The extra money mainly comes from VAT (€2.4 billion), corporate tax (€2.3 billion) and wage and income tax (€1.2 billion), NU.nl reports.
The Spring Memo shows the changes the government made since the budget was presented on Budget Day in September last year.
State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment calls it a "bitter disappointment" that the United States seems to be planning to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, as American media reported widely on Wednesday. "If it's true, today is a sad day for the world", she said to RTL Nieuws.
On Wednesday American media sources massively reported that president Donald Trump will abandon the climate pact, though there is no official confirmation from the White House yet. On Twitter Trump said he will announce his plans at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, local time.
A buzzard living in Drenthe seems to have taken a disliking to a certain cyclist. Theo Rook from Westerbork was attacked by the bird of prey four times last week. The attacks always happen in about the same spot on his cycling route from Westerbork to Emmen, RTV Drenthe reports.
After seven weeks in quarantine, giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya will make their first public appearance at the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen this afternoon. "We have been waiting for this moment for a long time", zoo director Robin de Lange said to RTV Utrecht. "You can imagine that if you wait for something so long, then your are very happy that it's finally happening today."
On Monday the Netherlands royal hiking federation KWBN advised schools and other organizations to cancel the first night of the annual four evening marches should the weather make it necessary. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow storm warning for the entire country for Monday and the KWBN calls on participants not to take any risks, NU.nl reports.
A total of four people were killed in a number of serious traffic accidents in the Netherlands on Monday morning. Three people were killed along the A6 towards Muiden when their car ended up in the water. And a cyclist was killed in Breda when she was hit by a truck. A toddler in a trailer on the bicycle survived unharmed.