Nature

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.

Greenhouse gas emissions
Sep 11 '19 11:55

Last year the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands was 2 percent lower than in 2017 and 15 percent lower than in 1990, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. The Netherlands still has a long way to go to achieve its climate goal of 49 percent less emissions in 2030 compared to 1990.

Maas River, Rotterdam
Sep 11 '19 09:21

River water companies situated around the Maas, united in RIWA-Maas, are very concerned about a looming shortage of drinking water from the Maas. During periods of drought, the river is too vulnerable to function as drinking water supply. "It's only a matter of time until insufficient water comes out of the tap", Wim Drossaert, chairman of RIWA Maas and director of Zuid-Holland drinking water company Dunea, said to newspaper Trouw.

Frosty daisy
Sep 9 '19 17:20

Tonight will be a cold one in the Netherlands, with a solid chance of the first ground frost of the autumn making an appearance, Weerplaza expects. 

The clouds are expected to clear up in large parts of the country, and the wind to die down. As a result, the temperature of the already fairly cold air can drop considerably. In the coldest parts of the country - the middle east and southeast - minimums will drop to around 2 degrees, possibly with frost on the ground. 

Cows in a stable
Sep 9 '19 13:10

Coalition party D66 wants to reduce the number of livestock in the Netherlands by half. This will reduce nitrogen emissions, and create more room to build new houses, D66 parliamentarian Tjeerd de Groot said to RTL Nieuws.

It's a simple calculation, according to De Groot. "70 percent of Dutch nitrogen emissions come from agriculture, a large part of which comes from intensive livestock farming. That is huge. At the same time, the contribution of intensive livestock farming to our own economy is not even 1 percent. The ratio is completely missing."

Storm clouds gather over a tulip field
Sep 6 '19 13:30

Dutch meteorological institute KNMI is teaming up with its counterparts the Met Office in Great Britain and Met Éireann in Ireland to start naming severe storms in Europe. According to the weather services, naming storms raises public awareness of dangerous weather by giving a consistent message to the public through the media.

The three weather services drew up a list of storm names for the 2019-2020 season that comply with international agreements for storm names - the names will alternate between male and female, and must not include the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z. 

Traffic in the rain
Sep 6 '19 08:08

Between 10 thousand and 15 thousand Dutch people die each year from the effects of air- and noise pollution. The health risks are particularly high around Schiphol and Amsterdam. Randstad residents are three times more likely to get cardiovascular diseases or serious lung diseases from pollution than people living in Drenthe, Groningen or the islands, for example, RTL Niews reports based on its analysis of RIVM estimates and figures.

Hurricane Dorian destruction in Bahamas, 2 September 2019
Sep 6 '19 07:35

The Netherlands is sending two naval ships to provide emergency relief in the Bahamas. The island group was hit by Hurricane Dorian this week. Dozens of people died and at least 70 thousand residents are in need of immediate help, according the United Nations

Zr.Ms. Johan de Witt and Zr.Ms. Snellius are currently preparing to offer emergency relief to the island group, RTL Nieuws reports. The Dutch Navy ships are already in the Caribbean because of a large Caribbean Coast emergency relief exercise, the Ministry of Defense said.

Gas pipes
Sep 5 '19 11:00

Most Dutch largely accept the government's decision to switch to homes that are no longer connected to the natural gas network, but don't take action themselves to achieve it, the social and cultural planning office SCP said in a report on Thursday, NOS reports.

Homeowners are particularly concerned about the affordability and effect of the measures. They are also uncertain about the government's policy in this field and lack knowledge about what will replace natural gas, the SCP said. This makes homeowners hesitant to make the switch, according to the planning office.

A cloudy day in Amsterdam
Sep 5 '19 07:36

Thursday will be the first real autumn day of the season in the Netherlands. The day will be rainy, windy and cool for this time of year with maximums climbing no higher than 18 degrees, according to Weeronline.

Wolf
Sep 2 '19 13:40

Wildlife filmmaker Patrick van Es managed to get the first clear footage of three wolf cubs born in the Veluwe earlier this year. He recorded the cubs last week and posted the footage on Facebook. "We traveled to Yellowstone in the United States multiple times to see wolves in the wild. To be able to admire these animals in our own country now is simply fantastic", he said with the post.

Storm damage - Firefighters dealing with a fallen tree in Oudewater, 27 August 2019
Aug 28 '19 09:19

Small, but intense local thunderstorms with hail and strong winds caused nuisance and damage in various places in the Netherlands on Tuesday evening.

Around Leerdam, cars, houses and gardens were damaged by rain and hail, RTV Utrecht reports. A number of trees toppled over across roads and had to be removed by the fire brigade. In Oudewater a scouting club lost their tents thanks to the strong winds. No one was injured.

Solar panel installation
Aug 28 '19 08:45

An ever-growing group of Dutch want to make their homes more sustainable. 55 percent are currently seriously considering taking sustainability measures in their home. For nearly 60 percent, saving money is the most important reason to go green, according to a survey by Panalwizard among 1,022 Dutch adults with a rental or owner-occupied home, AD reports.

Kids playing in a splash pool
Aug 27 '19 16:00

The Netherlands is officially in its second heat wave of the year. At 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, temperatures hit 30 degrees in De Bilt, meeting the heat wave criteria of five consecutive days with temps above 25 degrees, including three with temps above 30 degrees Celsius, according to Weerplaza.

Two national heat waves in a year is very rare, according to the weather service. This is only the fourth time it's happened in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901. The other years with two heatwaves were last year, 2006, and 1941. 

Firefighting_in_Russia_in_December_2010
Aug 26 '19 10:50

So far this year 176 thousand chicken, pigs and cattle were killed in 13 barn fires, according to figures from animal rights group Wakker Dier. That is already far more than the 122 thousand animals that died in 31 fires last year, according to figures from the fire brigade and insurers. Animal rights organizations and coalition party D66 are demanding measures from Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture, AD reports.

Kids eating ice cream
Aug 26 '19 08:06

With a maximum of 31.3 degrees in De Bilt, Sunday was the hottest August 25th in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901, according to Weeronline. The hot weather in the country will continue until Wednesday.

Summer fun - kids cooling down with a sprinkler
Aug 23 '19 18:00

With a hot weekend ahead of the Netherlands, public health institute RIVM decided to activate the National Heat Plan for the entire country from Saturday. Maximums in the high twenties and low thirties are expected for the weekend and early next week.

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