Nature

vrouwenpolder
Jul 17 '18 14:20

The Netherlands can expect hot weather again from next week. There is even a 2 percent chance that temperatures could climb to 42 degrees Celsius, according to Weerplaza. That is much higher than the hottest temperature ever measured in the Netherlands - 38.6 degrees Celsius, measured in Warnsveld.

Ambulance
Jul 17 '18 13:30

A 24-year-old man was taken from the water at Bogortein on Java island in Amsterdam Oost on Monday. He was resuscitated and rushed to hospital, but passed away. The victim was an exchange student from Ecuador, the Telegraaf reports.

The student was swimming with friends when he disappeared under water. His friends sounded the alarm.

Fire department divers found him quickly and resuscitated him at the scene. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died. 

Water police
Jul 17 '18 12:10

The body of a woman who disappeared while snorkeling in a beach bath on Enodedreef in Nuenen on Sunday, was found by police divers on Monday. The victim is a 49-year-old woman from Eindhoven, the police confirmed on Twitter.

The woman's family was informed about the sad news, the police said. 

Fire in the dunes near Heemskerk, 16 July 2018
Jul 16 '18 15:00

A fire broke out in the dunes near Heemskerk, Noord-Holland, late on Monday morning. Emergency services are at the scene in large numbers, including dozens of fire trucks. The emergency services deployed en masse, erring on the side of caution due to the drought, a spokesperson for local safety office Veiligheidsregio Kennemerland said to ANP.

Ambulance
Jul 16 '18 14:20

A 4-year-old boy who wasin Hooffdorp on Sunday afternoon, passed away later that evening, the police confirmed to RTL Nieuws on Monday.

A swimmer found the boy at the bottom of the lake. Multiple emergency services responded to the scene. 

The child was resuscitated and rushed to hospital, where he passed away. 

Hundreds of swans covered in oil after a spill in the Derde Petroleum port in Rotterdam, 24 June 2018
Jul 16 '18 12:40

The first 41 of after an oil spill in the port of Rotterdam three weeks ago, were released again on Saturday. After the oil leak, the swans spent weeks in a temporary shelter on Maeslantkering in Hoek van Holland, being cleaned and recuperating. More swans will be released in the coming weeks, RTL Nieuws reports

Crime scene
Jul 16 '18 07:46

Warm summer weather had many Dutch seeking to cool down in the water this weekend. But that did not work out well for everyone. A man drowned in Amsterdam, in Hoofddorp a 4-year-old was resuscitated and rushed to hospital after being removed from a lake, a woman disappeared underwater in Nuenen, and two people are missing in Noordwijk. 

Vegetable garden
Jul 13 '18 13:40

At various places around chemical factory Chemours in Dordrecht, the ditch water and collected rain water contain high concentrations of chemical substances PFOA or GenX, according to the interim results of a RIVM investigation into these chemicals in the water of 11 vegetable gardens in the area, NOS reports. 

King Willem-Alexander, March 2018
Jul 12 '18 15:00

King Willem-Alexander wants to install solar panels on palace Huis ten Bosch, but can't due to a law that states that you can not change the appearance of national monuments. He is not giving up though and will continue to look for a way, he said in Amsterdam on Wednesday, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Jul 11 '18 09:42

Former Environment Minister Ed Nijpels presented the Netherlands' Climate Agreement to Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate on Tuesday. This concerns the agreement in broad terms, with some concrete goals set and agreements made. The rest will be worked out and finalized later this year. The aim is to implement the Climate Agreement in 2019, NOS and NU.nl report.

Seal pup Tio rescued from a road in Den Helder, 25 Dec 2016
Jul 10 '18 10:00

The Dutch government no longer wants to take in sick or injured seals, unless they were injured by human action, Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality wrote to parliament. She is thereby adopting the advice of a committee that researched seal shelter in the Netherlands. The committee concluded that a 'hands off' approach should apply to sick or stranded seals, and that their care must be more professional, ANP reprots.

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Jul 9 '18 14:40

After last week's summer high temperatures, the Netherlands can expect cooler and cloudier weather this week, according to Weerplaza.

From Monday maximum temperatures will reach no higher than the low 20s. Maximums of around 19 degrees are expected along the coast on Monday, climbing to around 23 degrees in Limburg.

Cloud cover will increase across the country throughout Monday. There may even be a shower here and there, but no heavy rain. 

From Wednesday temperatures will start to climb again, though there may still be some showers in the east of the country. 

Summer at the beach
Jul 6 '18 15:50

The beach in the Zuid-Holland town of Ouddorp is the cleanest beach in the Netherlands this year, according to the annual election by Strand Nederland, Green Deal Schone Stranden, Stichting NederlandSchoon, Koninklijke Horeca Nederland, Blauwe Vlag/Green Key and hospitality magazine Entree, Nu.nl reports.

According to Strand Nederland, Ouddorp managed to convince many beach goers to strive for a coastline without waste. For example, pavilion operators hand out waste bags to beach goers. 

Mark Rutte
Jul 6 '18 12:30

Dennis Kramer, a 9-year-old Dutch-Thai boy that lives in Zwolle, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Mark Rutte to ask if the Netherlands can help a young football team and their coach who are stuck in a cave in Thailand.

The 12 boys and their coach went missing in the cave on June 23rd. On July 2nd, they were all found alive, but they are still trapped there by water. The rescue operation is pumping water out of the cave system, but as it is monsoon season in Thailand, this is not having much of an effect.

Ducks
Jul 6 '18 11:50

A video surfaced showing serious abuses at duck breeding companies in the Netherlands, specifically when the animals are being caught and transported. Animal rights organizations are horrified, RTL Nieuws, who published the video, reports.

The video, made by Animal Rights last winter, shows a young duck being stomped to death, ducks being brutally crammed into crates, and being grabbed by their wings and legs. It also shows two employees throwing a young duck between each other in what seems to be a game.

Mouse
Jul 5 '18 15:00

In most cases, animal experiments do not lead to successful treatment for sick people. Many tests are not performed properly, and tests that have already been done are often repeated, according to a study by Radboud UMC Nijmegen, UMC Utrecht and the Netherlands Heart Institute, AD reports.

According to the researchers, data about failed animal experiments are hardly ever published. "Research is then unnecessarily repeated, through which more animals suffer and die", researcher Mira van der Naald said to AD, calling it a vicious circle. 

Hundreds of swans covered in oil after a spill in the Derde Petroleum port in Rotterdam, 24 June 2018
Jul 5 '18 10:40

The Dutch Safety Board launched an investigation into an oil tanker colliding with a jetty at the port of Rotterdam on June 23rd. Someafter the collision. The Safety Board will investigate both the cause of the collision, and the control of environmental damage after the oil spill, NU.nl reports.

The_sun1
Jul 5 '18 10:00

The Netherlands can expect more dry weather in the coming days. Until the end of next week there will be no, or hardly any, rain, according to meteorological institute KNMI. After that there is a chance of rain, but not enough to end the drought.

Football
Jul 4 '18 11:40

The rubber granulate used in artificial turf is harmful to the environment in the immediate vicinity of the fields, according to research by public health institute RIVM and the union of water boards UVW. The rubber granules can leak substances that end up in the soil and dredges around the fields, the researchers found, ANP reports.

Golden Jackal
Jul 2 '18 16:10

A v is fake, according to TV presenter Nicolette van Dam, who posted the video. The fake video was meant to kick off a campaign warning people about tick bites, De Gelderlander reports.

Cracked, dry ground
Jul 2 '18 12:50

On Sunday the Netherlands had an average precipitation shortage of 155 mm, placing 2018 officially in the 5 percent driest years since the beginning of rainfall measurements in 1906. That means that since 1906, only 5 percent of years were as dry in the Netherlands as it currently is, Weeronline reports.

The precipitation deficit is the difference between the amount of rainfall and evaporation. If more water evaporates than rain falls from the air, there is a precipitation deficit. If it is the other way around, there is a precipitation surplus. 

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Jul 2 '18 12:10

The fire brigades in Noord-Brabant and Limburg had their hands more than full with multiple wildfires on Sunday. The fires were caused by continuing drought in the two provinces, RTL Nieuws reports.

In Budel a large wildfire had fire departments from the entire region busy on Sunday. A drone team was deployed to get a complete picture of the burning area. About 10 hectares burnt down. 

Irrigation
Jun 29 '18 16:20

From Friday farmers in the whole Oost-Brabant are banned from using surface water - water from lakes and rivers - to irrigate their fields. Everyone in the area is called on to be economical with their use of water, water board Aa en Maas announced, Omroep-Brabant reports.

This ban applies to the areas Beneden AA, Boven AA and Raam. Surface water may still be used for the drinking water of cattle, for extinguishing fires, and if an adjustable drainage system is used. Farmers who use groundwater, and not surface water, for irrigation can continue to irrigate their lands. 

A jogger exercising along the Veemkade in Amsterdam on a warm summer's day, 29 June 2018
Jun 29 '18 15:40

The second quarter of 2018 was the warmest second quarter in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901, Weerplaza reports. The average temperature for this period currently stands at 15.2 degrees, but as June still has two expected to be hot days left, that may still increase.

Over day the average maximum temperature in April, May and June was 20.3 degrees Celsius. At night minimums dropped to an average of 9.5 degrees, bringing the average temperature for the second quarter to 15.2 degrees - much warmer than the usual average temperature of 12.5 degrees. 

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