Nature

A tiny snowman in an Amsterdam garden, 10 Dec 2017
Dec 14 '18 08:59

Snow is heading to the Netherlands this weekend, according to Weeronline. People living in the north and east of the country have the best chance of waking up to a winter wonderland on Sunday morning. But it won't last long, the weather service warns.

The first precipitation will start in Zeeland on Saturday evening. This will be rain with maybe a bit of wet snow. Inland there will be a long period of wet snow falling, and the snow has a chance of staying on the ground in the middle, east and north of the country.

Sunscreen
Dec 13 '18 16:00

As of Tuesday morning the year 2018 is officially the sunniest year ever measured in the Netherlands, Weerplaza said on Thursday. With over 2,022 hours of sunshine, 2003's record of 2,021 hours and 40 minutes is officially broken.

This is only the second time ever since measurements started in 1901 that the Netherlands had over 2 thousand hours of sunshine in a year. On average the Netherlands gets around 1,600 hours of sunshine per year. 

The Ocean Cleanup system successfully installed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 17 Oct 2018
Dec 12 '18 10:10

Dutch man Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup project is not working quite as it should. The system is moving too slowly to hold on to the plastic it collects in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But Slat is confident that this problem can be solved, he said on Twitter.

"Most aspects of concept have been confirmed (wind vaning, intercepting plastic, wave following) - it's just not moving fast enough yet. This is fixable", he said.

Balloons
Dec 12 '18 08:17

The Den Bosch city council decided on Tuesday night to ban the release of helium balloons in the municipality. The balloons pollute nature and are dangerous for animals, the council parties who supported the ban said, NU.nl reports.

Scout Moor Wind Farm in England
Dec 10 '18 16:00

While the majority of Dutch are concerned about global warming, 40 percent of voters don't want to contribute any money to measures to decrease CO2 emissions, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond. On the other hand,  24 percent said they are willing to spend more than 50 euros per month on climate measures.

Snow in Amsterdam, 11 Dec 2017
Dec 10 '18 15:10

Over the coming days maximum temperatures will gradually drop to just above zero by the end of the week. There is even a small chance of snow by Sunday night, Buineradar weather woman Amara Onwuka said to RTL Nieuws. "The weather models do not yet agree with each other about the snow, but in any case it will get colder and it will certainly freeze at night."

Red deer in the Oostvaardersplassen
Dec 7 '18 14:10

The court in Lelystad rejected the objections of nature organizations against the culling of over 1,800 red deer in nature reserve Oostvaardersplassen. Foresters can therefore cull the large grazers. No appeal is possible against this ruling, NOS reports.

The culling is expected to start during the course of next week. The exact start will depend on various factors, such as the location of the animals and weather conditions. 

Mark Rutte, January 2016
Dec 4 '18 09:19

Prime Minister Mark Rutte called on the government leaders in Europe to be more ambitious in reducing their countries' CO2 emissions, wile speaking at the climate summit in Poland. In the Rutte III coalition agreement the Dutch government agreed to lower emissions by 49 percent by 2030. The government wants to increase that to 55 percent and Rutte called on other European countries to set the same goal, NOS reports.

Dec 3 '18 07:57

World leaders and scientists from almost al countries in the world are gathering in Katowice, Poland for an international climate summit. Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Ministers Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate, Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management, and State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure will represent the Netherlands, the Telegraaf reports.

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Nov 29 '18 15:00

Climate change and particulate matter are the biggest health risks this century, according to a report by 27 global organizations, doctors, academics and policy experts published in medical journal Lancet. The same applies to particulate matter, which in the Netherlands alone caused an estimated 8 thousand deaths, said Peter Blankestijn, one of the Dutch participants in the study, RTL Nieuws reports.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Nov 29 '18 09:50

An interim environmental impact report for Schiphol airport is incorrect on a number of important points, according to the authors of a second report drawn up at the request of the airport. Both reports are set to be published on Thursday, NOS reports.

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Nov 27 '18 09:06

Animal party PvdD will press charges against VVD party leader Klaas Dijkhoff on Tuesday for environmental pollution. Dijkhoff released 500 balloons at a VVD congress in Den Bosch on Saturday, AD reports.

With the release of the balloons, Dijkhoff responded to accusations that he released too many "test balloons" in his political work. He asked the the attendees of the congress to write down political ideas, which were attached to the balloons and released into the air. 

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
Nov 26 '18 08:16

Schiphol airport can theoretically grow to accommodating 540 thousand flights per year in 2023, 40 thousand more than is currently permitted, is stated in an interim environmental impact report on the airport that will be published on Thursday, insiders told NOS. The limit is not determined by noise or environmental impact, but by safety, according to the broadcaster.

Cloudy day along Entrepotkade, Amsterdam Oost, 4 Sept 2018
Nov 26 '18 07:30

This week will start out cold and gray in the Netherlands, but warmer weather is ahead. From Wednesday the weather will turn autumn-like. "It can be around 11 to 12 degrees on Thursday and Friday", Buienradar weatherman Arjan Willemse said to RTL Nieuws. 

Snowfall in Amsterdam Oost, 28 Feb 2018
Nov 21 '18 07:29

The first snow of the season fell in Drenthe, Overijssel and Groningen on Tuesday evening. According to Weerplaza, it mostly involved wet snow, and not enough to blanket the landscape. 

The winter showers moved across the country during the course of the evening, but stopped by midnight in most places. 

Wednesday will see mainly dry weather, with sunshine every now and then, according to the weather services. Afternoon temperatures will climb to between 3 and 7 degrees.

Sunny day at Molen de Valk in Leiden, 6 November 2018
Nov 19 '18 15:16

Anyone complaining about the Dutch weather this winter might have to hold their tongue, as the Netherlands is well on its way to the sunniest year in history. With 11 days left in autumn, the Netherlands has already recorded the most hours of sunshine for the season, according to meteorologists at WeerPlaza and NOS.

Fog and Mist in Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw, Bimhuis
Nov 16 '18 10:10

Dense fog was expected across much of the Netherlands on Friday morning, predicted to last until 11:00 a.m. The weather condition was expected to drop visibility to under 200 meters everywhere in the country except Limburg, weather agency KNMI said.

The agency put out a Code Yellow weather warning for all other regions, with a caution of dangerous roadways and the possibility that fog could blanket an area quite quickly.

Snowfall in Amsterdam Oost, 28 Feb 2018
Nov 15 '18 09:40

The Netherlands can prepare for a relatively long period of remarkably cold weather, according to Weerplaza weatherman Raymond Klaassen. In the course of next week the temperature will drop to an average that is lower than usual for this time of year, and that chilly period is expected to last until early December, he said to NU.nl.

1280px-Sinterklaas_portrait
Nov 14 '18 13:00

Good news for everyone going to see Sinterklaas make his national arrival in Zaanstad on Saturday. The weather is expected to be sunny and dry, though a strong and cold east wind means that a warm coat and scarf will be a good idea, Weeronline reports.

Saturday morning will start out foggy, but it should clear up by the time Sinterklaas arrives in Zaandijk at noon. Then it will be sunny "with just a few friendly clouds", according to the weather service. The maximum temperature will climb to around 9 degrees, but due to the wind it will feel around 5 degrees.

Hundreds lined up for busses, trams, subways, ferries, and trains at Amsterdam Centraal. 27 Nov 2017
Nov 12 '18 07:33

This week is starting out rainy for the Netherlands and that could mean a busy rush hour on Monday morning, Weerplaza expects. The weather service expects between 200 and 400 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads. Train traffic may also suffer under the weather, though indirectly through leafs falling on the track.

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Nov 7 '18 15:20

Highly pregnant cows are slaughtered in the Netherlands several times a week, despite a ban on doing so. This involves cows pregnant with full-grown and viable calves in the 8th or 9th month of their pregnancy, RTL Nieuws reports based on figures received from Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA. 

European turtle dove
Nov 7 '18 12:50

A number of bird species disappeared from the Netherlands over the past decades and more will follow if measures aren't taken, Vogelbescherming said in a new book Bedreigde vogels in Nederland. At least 10 bird species are on the brink of disappearing due to the destruction of their habitats and the decline of insects, NU.nl reports.

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Nov 7 '18 09:30

A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, supports a proposal by ruling party VVD to build more nuclear power plants in the Netherlands. Opponents worry about nuclear waste and what it will mean for future generations, NOS reports.

The VVD proposal was supported by the VVD, PVV, CDA and FvD. Proponents believe that the Netherlands can not afford to outright reject nuclear energy. But they also point out the disadvantages - nuclear waste, the construction of a nuclear plant is a long process, and it is an expensive source of energy.

Sunny day at Molen de Valk in Leiden, 6 November 2018
Nov 7 '18 08:00

Temperatures in De Bilt climbed to 19 degrees on Tuesday, making it the warmest November 6th in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901. The previous record was 17.1 degrees in 2005. This is the 13th heat record broken this year, Weeronline reports.

Westdorpe and Gilze-Rijen even had official warm days on Tuesday with maximums of 20.4 and 20.0 degrees respectively.

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