The first oak processionary caterpillars of the year hatched in Ede on Monday morning, Arnold van Vliet of the Dutch knowledge center on these poisonous caterpillars said to NU.nl. The biologist previously marked a number of egg clusters on the branches of oak trees. When he went to check them on Monday, "the caterpillars were already walking over the branch in procession," he said.
Netherlands residents are divided about how to deal with the coronavirus crisis in combination with the climate crisis. 13 percent think that all attention must now be given to fighting Covid-19, and the fight against climate change should be put on the back burner. But 28 percent see the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to rebuild the Netherlands in a more sustainable way, according to a survey by I&O Research.
The week will be largely sunny and warm, but with an increasing chance of rain as the Easter weekend approaches, according to Weeronline. Monday may be the first officially warm day of the spring.
Local authorities across the Netherlands are showing concern over the potential for crowding this weekend and into next week as warm Spring weather arrives in northern Europe. The concern comes in spite of many nature reserve parking lots, dunes, beaches, parks and forests being closed-off to the public in order to prevent an influx of visitors and, by extension, the spread of the coronavirus.
Amsterdam is restricting access to its parks and canals over the weekend. Enforcement officers have also been instructed not to be lenient with people caught breaking the social distancing rules in place to curb the spread of coronavirus Covid-19, Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said to Het Parool.
A wolf was spotted on the Zuid Veluwe for the first time, nature conservation service Natuurmonumenten announced on Friday. Wildlife cameras captured the wolf next to a dead red deer.
According to forester Andre ten Hoedt, they've been waiting "quite a while" for wolves to show up in Zuid Veluwe. "This area is extensive and has a lot of wildlife. An ideal habitat for the wolf. Cool that he now seems to have found our area, now we have to wait and see if he or she will also settle here."
DNA samples were taken from the cadaver of the deer to identify the wolf.
The first weekend of April will be sunny and warm, with maximums up to 22 degrees expected on Sunday, according to Weeronline. But that does not mean we can suddenly ignore the social distancing measures implemented to fight the spread of coronavirus Covid-19, the weather service warned. "Follow the advice of the government even in good weather," Weeronline said in a pop-up warning. "We can protect ourselves and others."
Three of the five remaining coal-fired power plants in the Netherlands will see either their production scale back dramatically or their facilities close altogether in order to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the country. The Cabinet agreed to the measure on Friday, undisclosed sources told broadcaster NOS nearly a week later.
The outbreak of the coronavirus, and the shortage of protective clothing it entails, is posing a problem for the fight against the oak processionary caterpillar, the association of gardeners and landscapers VHG and various contractors that fight the plague of poisonous caterpillars said to NRC.
Spring in the Netherlands started out with a record number of sunny hours this year, according to Weerplaza. Over the past 11 days, there were over 100 hours of sunshine in the country, breaking the 1933 record of 98 sunny hours. The sunny weather made it difficult for some people to stick to the social distancing measures in place to curb the spread of coronavirus Covid 19.
The measures implemented to combat the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands and in neighboring countries have had the side effect of reducing air pollution, a study organized by Dutch meteorological agency KNMI reveals. By analyzing satellite measurements from between 2019 and 2020, the KNMI estimates that there has been a significant drop off in the amount air pollution above the Netherlands of anywhere between 20 and 60 percent.
The minimum temperature in Woensdrecht dropped to -6.1 degrees during the night from Monday to Tuesday, making it colder than any night in the entire winter, according to Weeronline. The coldest night of the winter was January 21, when the minimum dropped to -5.4 degrees.
A fossilized bird skull found in the limestone of Sint-Pietersberg near Maastricht 20 years ago, turned out to be the oldest known fossil of a modern bird found so far. The approximately 66.7 million-year-old skull belongs to an ancestor of chickens, ducks and geese.
The Netherlands generated more electricity from sustainable sources than from coal for the first time ever last year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. The amount of energy produced also reached record high.
Last year the Netherlands produced 121 billion kWh of electricity, 6 percent more than in 2018. Electricity generated using coal decreased from over 27 billion kWh in 2018 to over 17 billion kWh last year. And energy generated from sustainable sources increased from nearly 19 billion kWh to nearly 22 billion kWh.
A bit of good news among the coronavirus gloom - the weather services in the Netherlands expect a very sunny week with spring-like temperatures. Wednesday may even see maximums climb to 19 degrees in the southeast of the country, according to Weerplaza.
The spring-like period starts on Tuesday, with plenty of sunshine, especially in the south. Weerplaza expects no rain, a moderate southwesterly wind, and maximums ranging between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. Wednesday will be even milder, with maximums between 12 and 17 degrees, or maybe even up to 19 in the southeast.
Artis in Amsterdam and Ouwehands in Utrecht are all open on Friday with most of their indoor spaces closed. Public feedings, talks and presentations have been largely cancelled to prevent groups from bunching up. At Ouwehands, their indoor exhibits will close to the public beginning on Saturday, a spokesperson told NL Times.
The Limburg Water Board placed huge sandbags in Vlodrop to protect a castle against water overflowing from the Roer river. The Roer usually flows at 100 cubic meters of water per second, but that increased to 120 cubic meters per second on Thursday. The water level already reached its height and is now falling again, NOS reports.
Two Dutch mountain climbers died while on an expedition at the glacier in the Pitztal in Austria. They were found dead in their tent early on Saturday morning. It is believed they died from carbon monoxide poisoning, AD reports.
The Dutch men, aged 50 and 52, were found by other participants in the expedition. They were camping at a height of over 3 thousand meters at the time. The climbers slept in dome tents and had to prepare their own meals. It is believed that a gas stove used for this purpose leaked carbon monoxide into the tent.
Amsterdam's goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by 55 percent by 2030 is achievable, but will take a deal of effort, sustainability alderman Marieke van Doorninck said in a press release on Friday. The municipality plans to achieve this goal with measures like promoting solar panel and wind turbine installations, and getting homes off the natural gas network.
Fifteen European countries and 66 companies have entered into a partnership committed to making all plastic packaging recyclable and suitable for reuse. The European Plastic Pact started when Dutch Environment Minister Stientje van Veldhoven made agreements with Dutch companies and then turned to her European colleagues to do the same. She is presenting the plan in Brussels on Friday, NOS reports.
Those getting tired of the rain and clouds in the Netherlands, can look forward to some sunshine on Saturday, according to the weather forecast by Weeronline. Though the rainy weather will be back on Sunday, with a strong southwesterly wind blowing along the coast.
Last year 18 percent more electricity was generated from renewable sources in the Netherlands than the year before, compared to an 11 percent increase in 2018. Last year's increase can mainly be attributed to more solar power, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday.
Last year 21.8 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of sustainable energy was generated in the Netherlands, compared to 18.5 billion kWh in 2018. Windmills were responsible for the largest share of this at 49 percent, followed by biomass at 26 percent, and solar power at 24 percent.
People from across the Netherlands and several places in Belgium reported seeing a very bright flash of light at around 00:40 a.m. on Tuesday. The flash was caused by a meteor moving through the atmosphere from an easterly direction, according to NOS.
This was the seventh consecutive winter in which temperatures in the Netherlands did not drop to -10 degrees Celsius or lower at the weather station in De Bilt, according to Weeronline. This winter was also the second warmest winter since temperature measurements started in 1901, and included the wettest February on record.