Prime Minister Mark Rutte thinks that we should not go too crazy with taking climate measures. "We still have to live a good life", he said in the Ochtend Show to go on Thursday morning, AD reports. "We still have to be able to barbecue."
The number of so-called mega-stables in the Netherlands increased from 456 in 2010 to 801 in 2017, an increase of 76 percent, animal rights organization Wakker Dier reports based on figures from Wageningen University and Research. A mega-stable is a stable that houses more than 7,500 slaughter pigs, 1,200 breeding pigs, 120,000 laying hens, 250 dairy cows, 2,500 veal calves or 1,500 goats, RTL Nieuws reports.
Monday went into the record books as the warmest Easter Monday since temperature measurements started in the Netherlands in 1901. Maximum temperatures climbed to 24.8 degrees Celsius in De Bilt on Monday, breaking the 24.7 degrees record from 1949, Weerplaza reports.
While Monday was the warmest Easter Monday in Dutch history, it wasn't the warmest April 22nd. That record still stands at 26.6 degrees Celsius in De Bilt, dating from last year.
Monday will again be a sunny day with higher temperatures than usual for this time of year. Maximums will climb to between 22 and 26 degrees Celsius, with a moderate wind blowing from the east, according to Weerplaza.
Tuesday and Wednesday will also be sunny and warm, with maximums between 20 and 25 degrees. Cloud cover will increase from Wednesday afternoon, and with that the chance of a shower or two.
The rest of the week is expected to be cooler, with more clouds and a higher chance of rain, according to the weather service.
A large fire broke out in nature reserve De Soester Duinen on Thursday afternoon. It took the fire department hours to get the wildfire under control. Up to four hectares of forest was burned, the local safety office said, NU.nl reports.
The fire department divided the area into two parts and fought the fire from both sides. Extra fire extinguishers were called in to help. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
People were asked to stay outside the nature reserve while the fire was being fought.
Easter weekend will be filled with sunshine and high temperatures above 20 degrees. The beautiful spring weather will last the entire weekend, with some places maybe even getting their first summer day of the year, Weerplaza reports.
Bonfires lit in the Netherlands throughout the year are responsible for 6 percent of the annual emissions of PAH, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons - harmful substances that are released when organic material is burned, public health institute RIVM said on Wednesday. The emission of PAH in the country has fallen by two thirds over the past 30 years, NU.nl reports.
The consumption of drinking water in the Netherlands is increasing, while collecting drinking water is becoming increasingly difficult due to dryer conditions, drinking water company Vitens warned on Wednesday. According to the company, the demand for water is growing too strongly and that needs to change, NU.nl reports.
The Netherlands can look forward to a sunny and warm Easter weekend, according to Weerplaza. The sun will shine every day this long weekend and temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius are expected.
The weekend will start with a sunny maximum of around 21 degrees on Friday. Saturday will be the warmest day, with maximums rising to between 22 and 24 degrees in large parts of the country. "We don't rule out that even 25 degrees can be reached locally", the weather service said. There will be plenty of sunshine and little wind.
Police in Limburg were rather busy Monday morning, dealing with the daring escape of two wallabies in Kerkrade.
A report of a kangaroo hopping around on the Kerkradersteenweg was called in during the early morning hours, which left dispatched officers unsurprisingly skeptical. That is, until they spotted a wallaby with their own eyes.
Loose cows caused multiple accidents on the A73 highway near Oirlo in Limburg early on Friday morning. At least one person was injured in a collision and one cow was put down after being hit by a car, the Limburg police said on Twitter.
The injured person was taken to hospital. Their condition is unknown.
The police warn motorists to be careful when driving in the area. Anyone that suffered material damage as a result of the cows, can report it to the police.
Astronomers managed to produce the first ever picture of an event horizon - a black hole's edge - by stringing together a global network of radio telescopes. "We have seen the gates of hell at the end of space and time", astrophysicist Heino Falcke of Radboud University in Nijmegen said about the picture at a press conference in Brussels, science journal Nature reports.
The number of cats and dogs used for medical experiments increased by 49 percent in 2017. In that year 909 dogs and 200 cats were used as lab animals, compared to 656 dogs and 89 cats in 2016, AD reports based on figures from the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA.
Half of the laboratory dogs and a third of the cats did not survive the experiments in 2017, according to the newspaper.
The municipality of Emmen is warning residents to be careful of an aggressive buzzard when they go jogging. The bird is nesting along the Oranjekanaal and is attacking joggers that pass too close to its nest.
The municipality put up signs warning people to beware of an "aggressive bird of prey". Joggers are advised to rather take a different route.
According to Dagblad van het Noorden, three people have been attacked by the bird so far. One of the joggers sustained a head wound.
The past days' spring time temperatures will give way to winter weather during the course of this week, with even a bit of snow expected on Friday and Saturday, according to Weerplaza. A powerful high pressure area above Scandinavia is sending cold air into the Netherlands by means of a strong northeasterly wind. The cold weather will last at least into the weekend.
From next week Wednesday, Shell will offer customers in the Netherlands the option to pay one cent extra per liter of fuel. The Dutch oil and gas giant will then use that extra money to compensate for CO2 emissions. "This offers customers in the Netherlands an interim solution as long as electric driving is not yet affordable for everyone", Marjan van Loon, director of Shell Nederland, said to NOS.
Warm spring weather lured many Dutch to the seaside on Sunday. But while the weather is warming, the sea water is still too cold for swimming, the Dutch rescue brigade warns.
A serval escaped in the Haarlem neighborhood of Meerwijk on Friday. After a weekend of roaming the city, the wild cat was found in an allotment garden in Haarlem on Monday. The local animal ambulance is currently trying to catch the animal, RTL Nieuws reports.
The serval was spotted in the garden on Sunday too, when it was seen "enjoying the spring sun", an employee of Regionale Dierenambulance told the broadcaster. The animal ambulance will install two catch cages and attempt to lure the cat into one of them.
While perhaps more commonly known for floods than droughts, The Netherlands is allocating seven million euros to combat excessively dry seasons in the country. The money will be used to build larger water reservoirs in sandy areas, to monitor levels of evaporation, and to reduce the impact of salinization on drinking water production, the government announced on Friday.
The Netherlands will ban the use of shock collars on dogs from July next year, Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality announced. She is also tackling abuses in the breeding of so-called "designer cats", RTL Nieuws and the Telegraaf report.
The shock collar ban applies to individual dog owners as well as qualified dog trainers. Those who still use shock collars after 1 July 2020, will risk a fine of up to 20 thousand euros, or a maximum prison sentence of three years, according to RTL.
The consequences of last year's dry summer are still noticeable in large parts of the Netherlands. The average precipitation deficit in the country is currently at 65 millimeters, while there is usually a surplus of around 200 millimeters on March 31st, Weeronline reports.
In the coming weeks Amsterdam will be extra bright and colorful thanks to over half a million tulips. The fifth Tulip Festival Amsterdam kicked off on Thursday and from this weekend the tulips should be visible in around 90 locations in the city, in the open ground and in pots, Het Parool reports.
The festival kicked off on Apollolaan on Thursday, where 25 thousand sustainably grown tulip bulbs were planted in November. The start included the baptism of a white 'Peace' tulip, in honor of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's bed-in protest in the nearby Hilton Hotel 50 years ago.
A campaign is being launched to keep tourists out of the flower fields in the Bollenstreek. Banners, signs, barriers and volunteers must all ensure that tourists don't crush the flowers while trying to take a nice photograph. "Everyone is welcome, but we want it to remain fun for everyone", flower bulb gower and initiator Simon Pennings said to Omroep West.
"I've been growing bulbs for 40 years, but it's actually getting worse", Pennings said to the broadcaster. "They walk across the fields and jump from path to path. That causes damage, they trample the tulips."
Organic products in the Netherlands are becoming more affordable, according to a price comparison by consumers' association Consumentenbond. Five years ago organic products were on average twice as expensive as regular ones. Now buying organic is 63 percent more expensive, AD reports.
The association compared 115 products from 13 regular supermarkets and four organic stores.