Aldermen and Mayors of 24 municipalities in The Netherlands have sent a letter to the State Secretary of Economic Affairs, Sharon Dijksma (PvdA) asking for urgency in the matter of banning wild animals from circuses.
Nearly 1,500 volunteers took to North Sea beaches throughout August, cleaning up over 20,000 kilograms of trash left in the sand. Dubbed the "Boskalis Cleanup Beach Tour," the initiative scooped up three times more garbage then last year's effort.
The waters off the Dutch coast are home to a new species that has never before been sighted alive in in these waters. The Sea Spider, scientific name Endeis spinosa, was discovered on the seabed of Oosterschelde by divers in August, officially placing it on the indigenous marine fauna list, natuurbericht.nl reports.
Water company Vitens has confirmed in an article in Trouw newspaper that they will stop using water from two sources. The sources in Nijmegen and Zutphen will eventually no longer meet the norm.
An eruption in the Bardabunga volcano in Iceland has prompted an aviation warning from the Icelandic Met Office. Civil protection officials announce that Air Traffic Control in Iceland has closed the airspace above the eruption. European airports do not seem to be affected by the eruption as of yet, the BBC reports.
Wageningen University is doing a research study into the mosquito problem during the summer months.
Birdwatchers may do a bit of crossing out on their sightings list in the coming years, as a new technology has been developed that chases nuisance birds from airports and fields. Robot falcons and eagles - or Robobirds - which can be manually controlled, can offer new solutions to the excessive nuisance and danger that wild birds pose to the industrial landscape, De Volkskrant reports.
Tropical hurricane Cristobal will be responsible for bringing good weather to The Netherlands this September. The high pressure area that will come about to the east of the bad weather system will cause Dutch weather to be stable, and warmer than it has been, De Weekkrant reports.
The City of Amsterdam has been given approval to change the name of the Bijlmerpark in the Zuidoost district to Nelson Mandelapark.
Police in Eindhoven are looking for two teenage boys in two cases in which birds were beaten to death. In the area of Stratum, on Tuesday the 19th of August, the owner of a meadow caught the two boys in the act of beating the birds.
A dead whale was discovered drifting in a channel, around 5 kilometers off the coast of Katwijk on Wednesday afternoon. The whale was moved by the Royal Netherlands Rescue Society (KNRM), and is now lying on the beach north of Scheveningen, according to a spokesperson, De Telegraaf reports.
Animal Welfare organization Vier Voeters is shocked over the assumed mistreatment of male calves in the production of buffalo mozzarella in Italy. Buffalo mozzarella is available in every supermarket and is especially popular with vegetarians, writes Nieuws.nl.
While the low temperatures in the Netherlands feels like it is unusually cold for this time of year, it hasn't reached a record low yet, says Weerplaza.nl.
The Netherlands is experiencing more and more heavy rainstorms, causing damage to homes that municipalities will not insure or prevent. Insurance companies expect that home insurance will go up with dozens of euro every year, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
The Rhine river is carrying off so much water this summer that the Nieuwe Waterweg between the Maassluis and Hoek van Holland has become more freshwater than salt water. This has given rise to an increase in freshwater fish in the Nieuwe Waterweg.
In Vlissingen, the municipality has had to enforce a temporary swimming ban, as oil has been leaking out of an old ship wreck since Saturday afternoon, washing up on the beaches in the Westerschelde.
The Royal Meteorological Institute KNMI has issued a Code Yellow warning for bad weather tonight.
At the Amsterdam Hortus Botanicus gardens, the beautiful Victoria giant water lily is in bloom. As per tradition and the botanical garden, visitors are able to come during the evening to see the Victoria in all its glory. Around 1000 people did so on Monday.
Dutch salvaging team Mammoet Salvage has prevented large-scale environmental damage in the Galapagos Islands, together with a Chilean partner. The team came to the rescue after a freight ship from Ecuador ran aground close to the harbor of San Christobal in May.
The Netherlands Butterfly Foundation's organized national garden butterfly counting day was a success, as the Foundation writes on their website. Around 60,000 butterflies were counted in more than 3,700 gardens in the entire country. A good year for butterflies
Freshwater lobsters, or crawfish, are scuttling around Amsterdam streets, bumping into confused Amsterdam residents. After the heavy rainfall on Monday, many of the crustaceans have left their hidey places in the canals to hunt for new territory, Het Parool reports.
The heavy rainfall in The Netherlands on Monday has caused around €10 million in damage according to the first rough estimate from the Union of Insurers (Verbond van Verzekeraars).
The Water Museum in Arnhem has to stay closed on Tuesday due to - irony of ironies - flooding. One visitor said that the museum is honoring its name of "experience museum."
The Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI) has issued a code orange for extreme weather in North and South Holland as well as North Brabant and Utrecht. The rain and thunderstorms in these areas can be very disruptive and even dangerous. Overnight, a lot of rain fell across the country, and more bad weather is expected for the rest of the day.