Nature

Emissions in traffic
Oct 4 '19 07:38

At least a few dozen Dutch people were forced to move due to the air quality around their home, according to a study by the Long Fonds. These involve people who became so sick from the air pollution in their environment, that it seriously affected the quality of their life, AD reports.

Hurricane Lorenzo shortly after its initial peak intensity on 27 September 2019
Oct 2 '19 18:00

The remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo are expected to make landfall in the Netherlands on Friday, possibly dumping rain across much of the country. The storm gathered strength growing to a Category 5 storm, before approaching the Azores as a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of about 150 kilometers per hour.

From there, it is expected to reach Ireland on Thursday and the Netherlands on Friday, according to weather website Weerplaza. The country could be subjected to over 10 millimeters of precipitation with winds of about 50 km/h.

Sail to the COP
Oct 2 '19 14:15

A group of 36 young people departed from Amsterdam by sailboat on Tuesday afternoon, heading towards the UN Climate Summit in Chile. With their six to eight week-long journey to the South American country, the team wants to draw attention to a climate-neutral future for travel. 

An image of world air pollution taken by Dutch space instrument Tropomi
Sep 30 '19 15:30

The latest images from Dutch space instrument Tropomi, which maps air pollution around the globe, shows that India is the new top polluter in the world. Also, research shows that the Netherlands has one of the highest concentrations of nitrogen dioxide in Europe, Pieternel Levelt, head of satellite observation at Dutch meteorological institute KNMI and professor at TU Delft, said to newspaper AD. 

Climate strike on Koekamp in The Hague, 27 September 2019
Sep 27 '19 13:48

Thousands of kids, young people and adults flooded to Koekamp in The Hague on Friday afternoon to protest for a more effective climate policy. By around 1:00 p.m., when the protest was set to start, The Hague Central Station was completely packed with people. "Stay calm and follow the directions of NS personnel", the police advised on Twitter. 

Litter
Sep 27 '19 12:10

As the industry is failing to reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles ending up in the trash and littering the streets and nature, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management has decided to move up her decision on introducing a deposit on small plastic bottles. 

Climate strike in The Hague, 27 September 2019
Sep 27 '19 09:59

Throngs of schoolchildren and adults are expected to walk out of their classrooms, jobs and daily routines to instead take to the streets of The Hague to demand that the Dutch government and other world leaders take more action against global warming. They join a global movement of young people demanding that their world be protected against the climate crisis. 

A digital manipulation of a flooded city in the Netherlands
Sep 26 '19 09:51

If greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, the sea level will rise by 84 centimeters by the year 2,100, according to findings that the UN climate panel IPCC published on Wednesday. As the Delta Works only protects against a sea level rise of 40 centimeters, that will leave the Netherlands 48 centimeters under water, researcher Marjolijn Haasnoot from Deltares said to NRC.

Oak processionary caterpillars
Sep 25 '19 16:10

Doctors in the Netherlands reported a major spike in patients this past June for complaints related to the poisonous oak processionary caterpillars. Primary care physicians in the last week of June saw a 4.5 times more patients than in other weeks, according to care research organization Nivel.

King Willem-Alexander with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Foreign Affairs Ministers Stef Blok and Sigrid Kaag at the UN General Assembly, 24 Sept 2019
Sep 25 '19 07:34

In his speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations, King Willem-Alexander called on Russia to cooperate in the investigation into the downing of flight MH17. "The relatives of the 298 victims expect justice and we will not rest until justice is done", the Dutch King said. King Willem-Alexander also spoke on climate change and LGBTQ rights in his speech. NOS reports.

Aerial photo of the Zandvoort circuit in 2016
Sep 24 '19 12:10

Multiple environmental organizations are going to court to challenge a construction permit the province of Noord-Holland issued for the Formula 1 in Zandvoort. They want to prevent the dune area around the coastal town being affected by the work for the Grand Prix, a spokesperson for Mobilization for the Environment, one of the organizations involved in the lawsuit, confirmed to NU.nl.

Dam tot Damloop runners on Nieuwe Leeuwarderweg
Sep 23 '19 18:40

The use of cold water baths in the unseasonably warm Dam tot Dam run between Amsterdam and Zaandam on Sunday was very successful. Overheating runners could quickly dunk in the bath and cool down. "I don't rule out that it saved lives", Ron van der Jagt, director of organizer Le Champion, said to RTL Nieuws.

Size comparison of Hyalomania ticks (above) to common sheep ticks (below)
Sep 23 '19 14:30

A Hyalomma tick, commonly referred to as a giant tick, was found in Wageningen. This is the third specimen of this type of tick, which can carry dangerous diseases like Crimean Congo virus and Spotted Fever, to be found in the Netherlands this year. The other sightings were in Drenthe and in the Achterhoek in July.

Sunny day at Molen de Valk in Leiden, 6 November 2018
Sep 20 '19 15:50

This weekend will be warm and predominantly sunny in the Netherlands. Maximums up to 26 degrees are expected on Sunday, according to Weeronline.

Friday will already see warm autumn weather in the south of the country, with thermometers climbing to 20 degrees in many places. The north will still be cloudy and a few degrees colder. 

Damage on the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian
Sep 20 '19 14:10

Military personnel from the Koninklijke Marechaussee joined local Bahamanian authorities in search and rescue missions this week, the Dutch Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. Hundreds of people were still reported missing in the Bahamas weeks after Hurricane Dorian first made landfall there at Category 5 strength on Sept. 1.

“A lot of work has to be done to get this island going again,” said Wiebo, a 40-year-old Sergeant Major in the Marechaussee.

Sep 18 '19 11:30

Albert Heijn was awarded the Liar, Liar Award for 2019 by animal rights group Wakker Dier. According to the organization, the packaging of Albert Heijn's chicken states that the animals have "more space", but in reality 16 chickens live per square meter, without daylight.

Autumn frost
Sep 18 '19 09:49

The first frost of the autumn happened in four places at once this year. Minimums dropped below zero in Gilze-Rijen, Eindhoven, Maastricht and Twente overnight. "With that the first ground frost after the summer is a fact", Weeronline reports.

The lowest temperature was measured at the weather station in Gilze-Rijen at -0.9 degrees. Minimums dropped to -0.4 degrees Celsius in Eindhoven and Maastricht, and in Twente the lowest temp of the night measured at -0.1 degrees. 

Sunny Amsterdam
Sep 17 '19 12:15

The Netherlands can look forward to at least one more warm weekend before the winter weather hits. This coming weekend will be sunny and mostly dry, with maximums up to 27 degrees expected on Saturday and Sunday, according to Weerplaza.

The warm weather is thanks to a high pressure area currently above the British Isles. From Thursday the high pressure area will start moving towards Eastern Europe, and a south wind will blow warm air from Spain into the Netherlands.

Greenpeace handing out flyers at Schiphol Airport
Sep 16 '19 12:10

Greenpeace is planning a protest against pollution caused by the aviation sector. And for the first time ever, the environmental organization is asking the public to help choose what type of protest must be held at either Schiphol, Lelystad airport, or everywhere in the country.

Alicante in Spain
Sep 16 '19 10:30

A 66-year-old Dutch man is missing in the Spanish province of Alicante. He fell into a drainage canal in a flooded area of the municipality of Dolores on Sunday afternoon and was dragged away by the water. A 57-year-old Dutch man died after falling 20 meters from a cliff on the Spanish island of Majorca. 

The missing man was vacationing in Alicante, NOS reports. His family reported the accident to the local police, which launched a search involving divers, boats and a helicopter. The man had not been found by nightfall, when the search was halted.

Volunteers from Stichting Duik de Noordzee Schoon dove 2,500 kilos of waste from the North Sea, Sept 2019
Sep 16 '19 09:36

Volunteers from foundation Duik de Noordzee Schoon dove 2,500 kilograms of waste out of the North Sea. The team spent nine days searching the seabed for items that are harmful to the ecosystem, focussing on ship wrecks between Ameland and Schiermonnikoog, the foundation said in a statement.

According to the foundations, ship wrecks are a source of marine life, but also hold on to a lot of waste. Fish get entangled in old fishing nets that got caught up on the wrecks, and plastic ends up in the food chain.

Dutch soldier surveying the Bahamas island of Abaco from a helicopter after Hurricane Dorian, Sept 2019
Sep 12 '19 12:10

Dutch soldiers are going to provide aid in the Bahamas. The island group was hit hard by Hurricane Dorian. The core tasks of the mission Disaster Relief Bahamas will be to help clean up the massive destruction left by the hurricane and to support aid organizations and the local population where needed, commander Ad van de Sande said to newspaper AD.

Tap water
Sep 12 '19 09:33

The quality of the Netherlands' drinking water sources is at serious risk, partly due to pollution with chemical substances, medicine residues and manure, according to a study by KWR, the knowledge institute for the drinking water sector. The drinking water companies call for immediate intervention, AD reports.

TUI Nederland Boeing 737 MAX 8
Sep 11 '19 17:45

Travel organization TUI will no longer offer flights between the Netherlands and Paris from he autumn of next year. The company wants to do its part to protect the environment in this way and points out that Paris can easily and comfortably be reached by train, RTL Z reports.

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