The Dutch government wants to reduce the energy costs for citizens and let the industry pay more for the Netherlands' climate plans, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a response to the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL and central planning office CPB's calculations of the climate agreement. This will involve less energy taxes on citizens, and a CO2 tax on companies, NOS reports
The current windy and rainy weather will give way to sunshine and spring-like temperatures next week, according to Weerplaza. But first there are still a few days of stormy weather to contend with. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for strong winds for the entire country.
A Deutsche Bahn train was derailed by a fallen tree in Enschede on Wednesday evening. The salvage and cleanup work will likely take all day, according to rail manager ProRail. Currently no train traffic is possible between Enschede and Gronau, Germany, NU.nl reports.
The tree fell onto the tracks due to the bad weather conditions. The German train collided with it and derailed, ProRail reported on Twitter at around 8:20 p.m. None of the 35 passengers on board were hurt.
The agreements made in the climate agreement will likely not achieve the Netherlands' goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by 48.7 megatons in 2030 compared to 1990. The Industry in particular is not providing enough CO2 reductions, were the main conclusions of the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL and the Netherlands' central planning office CPB's calculations of the agreement, NU.nl reports.
The vast majority of Dutch are worried about the disappearance of flowers, insects and birds in the countryside, according to the National Landscape Survey by nature conservation service Natuurmonumenten. The service calls on the government to make protecting the landscape a priority when making spatial plans, ANP reprots.
The number of municipalities in the Netherlands that banned the release of balloons more than tripled over the past year, according to a study by De Noordzee foundation. The foundation is committed to getting such a ban implemented across the Netherlands, because the plastic in balloons is harmful to animals and the environment, NOS reports.
Rain combined with strong winds resulted in traffic jams being "a lot longer than usual" during rush hour on Monday morning, according to the ANWB. The weather is also affecting air traffic. KLM canceled 67 flights on Monday. And both the airline and Schiphol warn travelers to take delays into account.
Tens of thousands of people gathered on Amsterdam's Dam square on Sunday to protest for a more active policy. Carrying signs saying things like 'What will my world look like when I'm as big as you?', 'Save the earth', and 'Do something', the demonstrators marched through the cold and rain from Dam Square to the Museumplein, NU.nl reports.
With an average wind speed of 9 on the Beaufort scale in Vlissingen, the first official spring storm of the year became a fact on Sunday. Local safety offices in Noord-Brabant and Zeeland received dozens of damage reports. In Limburg train traffic was halted because of fallen trees on the tracks. And Eindhoven Airport had to temporarily keep all flights on the ground.
This weekend will be a protest-filled one for the Dutch capital. The recurring Women's March will happen in Amsterdam on Saturday, and an even more popular climate protest is schedule to happen on Sunday, AT5 reports.
Around 3,500 people said on Facebook that they will be participating in the Women's March on Saturday. And over 16 thousand said they would be attending the climate protest on Sunday, with thousands more indicating that they are interested. While Facebook figures say little about the actual attendance, it seems that both protests will be well attended.
The wet weather of the past few days will last throughout the weekend, though the sun may peek through the clouds from time to time. Next week will start out with "March showers", there is even a chance of a little wet snow, Weerplaza weatherman Raymond Klaassen said to AD.
Four hikers were caught by the rising tide off the coast of the Zeeland village o Renesse on Thursday. A 45-year-old woman from Vilvoorde, Belgium, drowned. Her two children aged 17 and 8, and a 23-year-old woman from Renesse were injured, NOS reports.
The Dutch woman and her three dogs, and the Belgian woman and her son and daughter were walking on Verklikkerstrand when they got stuck on a sandbank by the rising tide. According to the police, they did not know each other.
The works councils of 17 large companies in the Netherlands are calling on politicians to be careful of what measures they implement to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. They worry about what effect a possible CO2 tax will have on the industry, they said in an open letter in the Volkskrant.
The coastal provinces in the Netherlands can expect strong winds on Thursday afternoon and evening, with gusts between 75 and 90 kilometers per hour. National meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning.
The warning is in effect starting from 3:00 p.m. In the west the wind should die down during the course of the evening, according to the KNMI. The Wadden area can expect strong gusts until early Friday morning. "Traffic and outside activities may be hindered. Follow weather reports and warnings', the KNMI advises.
The spraying of agricultural poison on the Dutch bulb fields exposes many more local residents to much higher concentrations of these pesticides for much longer periods than was expected, according to a scientific study by research committee pesticides and residents OBO. These pesticides are found in the diapers of babies who live 250 meters away from the bulb fields, television program Zembla, which has the research report in its possession, reports.
The number of Dutch people who are worried about climate change decreased significantly over the past months. While the group who thinks that addressing greenhouse gas emissions is going too far is growing since the government announced their climate plans, according to a survey by Peter Kanne of I&O Research, AD reports.
Strong winds had a major impact on air traffic at Schiphol Airport on Monday. Over a hundred flights were canceled, and hundreds more were delayed.
Scaffolding used for construction work on the shopping center on Tooropstraat in Nijmegen collapsed on Monday morning. The scaffolding, which was built over the whole facade of the shopping center, is blocking the entire street. The exact cause of the collapse is not yet clear, but the strong wind may play a role, De Gelderlander reports.
Strong winds are blowing in the Netherlands on Monday morning, with gusts up to 90 kilometers per hour inland and 100 kilometers per hour along the coast. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for the entire country. The winds are already causing problems in all forms of traffic.
The first peewit egg of the year was found in the Friesland village of Vegelinsoord on Thursday. This is the first time in Dutch history that the first egg of the peewit, or Northern Lapwing, of the plover family, is found so early in the year, the Bond Friese Vogelwachten said to NU.nl reports.
Finding the first peewit egg heralds spring in the Netherlands. Looking for the first egg is a deeply rooted Dutch tradition. Historically, whoever found the first egg could present it to the King or Queen.
People in the Netherlands can look forward to a very cloudy weekend with some rain leading up to a properly wet Sunday, according to Weeronline.
Friday will be cloudy, with the south and east of the country getting some light showers in the morning. By Friday afternoon most of the country should be dry, and there is even a chance of the sun breaking through the cloud cover in some places. Maximum temperatures will climb to between 8 and 9 degrees, closer to normal for the time of year than any other day this week.
Between November last year and January this year there were four wolves in the Netherlands. Three of them are living on the Veluwe. The fourth roamed in Overijssel for a while, but has since returned to Germany, according to Wageningen Environmental Research, a research institute at Wageningen University, RTL Nieuws reports.
Wednesday was a special day for Dierenrijk Nuenen. Not only was it international polar bear day, but two polar bear cubs born at the zoo late last year were allowed outside for the first time.
There were multiple car accidents, including a number of pileups, in Friesland on Thursday morning, likely due to thick fog. At least two people were seriously injured. The A32 highway between Heerenveen and Widrum is currently closed to traffic, with all on-ramps being blocked, NOS reports.
Multiple cars crashed into each other near Wirdum. There were later more accidents and pileups in the traffic jam that resulted from the first pileup.