Nature

Summer's day on the Alexanderkade in Amsterdam Centrum, 23 August 2019
Aug 23 '19 11:36

This weekend will be sunny and hot in the Netherlands - perfect weather for spending the day at the beach, going to a festival or just generally spending time outdoors. With maximums in the high twenties and low thirties, no wind and little rain expected, this weekend will have perfect summer weather, according to Weeronine.

An artistic impression of HAT-P-6b with its star HAT-P-6
Aug 21 '19 12:20

From today the Dutch public can suggest names for the "Dutch" exoplanet that was gifted to the Netherlands by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), to celebrate the union's 100th birthday, the Volkskrant reports. 

The IAU is responsible for, among other things, naming planets and other celestial bodies. To celebrate its 100th year of existence, the IAU "gave" planets to over 70 countries to name. The Netherlands got star HAT-P-6, which is 910 light years away from earth, and the planet that revolves around it, currently known by scientific name HAT-P-6-b. 

A rainy day in Amsterdam
Aug 16 '19 09:20

While this weekend will definitely still be wet and dreary, the weather will turn towards sunshine next week, Weeronline expects. "A beautiful finale of summer seems to be in the making", the weather service said.

Beach cleanup
Aug 16 '19 08:54

A total of 2,568 volunteers picked up 10,991 kilograms of waste on Dutch beaches during the North Sea foundation's great cleanup, the foundation announced at the end of the two-week long cleanup campaign on Thursday. Last year, 11,163 kilograms of trash was removed from Dutch beaches, Het Parool reports.

Alps
Aug 15 '19 12:40

A 67-year-old Dutch man was seriously injured in a fall in the Austrian Alps on Wednesday. There are concerns that the man may now be paralyzed, NOS reports.

The accident happened while the man and his wife were walking near the town of Bludenz in western Austria on Wednesday afternoon. The man fell around 15 meters and landed in a very rocky area, according to the broadcaster.

A doctor who happened to be in the area provided first aid before the Dutch man was airlifted to a hospital in Feldkirch. 

Mouse
Aug 15 '19 10:10

In a few years' time, the Netherlands will face a serious plague of mice and rats due to the government's decision to ban farmers and citizens from using chemical pesticides, according to the Knowledge and Advice Center on Animal Pests. "This will be a much bigger calamity than the oak processionary caterpillar", the center said, RTL Nieuws reports.

Veggie skewers
Aug 14 '19 09:28

Meat replacement products are gaining popularity in the Netherlands, and with that the sale of actual meat products is decreasing, according to new figures from market researcher IRI Nederland, NOS reports.

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Aug 13 '19 10:01

A report raising concerns about fire safety and structural integrity of AFAS stadium that was released shortly before the new stadium opened in 2006, was ignored by the Alkmaar city council and office of mayor and aldermen, former alderman Victor Kloos said to De Stentor. 

"We warned about it at the time. In the meantime, I have requested all documents, investigations and reports from that time from the municipality", party leader Kloos of OPA - currently the largest party in the Alkmaar city council - said to the newspaper. 

Rainy day at a music festival
Aug 13 '19 08:25

With only a few days to go until the kickoff of the Lowlands festival, visitors seem to be put off by the dreary weather forecast .Hundreds of Lowlands tickets are currently for sale on second-hand sites like Marktplaats and Ticketswap, some at nearly half the original price.

Indian mongoose
Aug 12 '19 17:00

The trade in exotic mammals is "alive and kicking" in the Netherlands, according to a study by animal protection foundation AAP. The foundation found 55 different breeds of exotic mammals for sale in the Netherlands, mainly online on Marktplaats and Facebook, but also at pet shops and animal fairs. 

Cigarette butts on the beach
Aug 12 '19 10:20

Volunteers for the North Sea Foundation's large beach clean-up campaign picked up 2,542 cigarette butts on the beach between Hoek van Holland and Monster on Saturday. The 85 volunteers collected a total of 191 kilograms of waste on this stage of the weeks-long clean-up, NU.nl reports.

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Aug 12 '19 09:22

The Dutch Safety Board launched an exploratory investigation into the partial collapse of the AFAS stadium's roof during a storm in Alkmaar on Saturday. Football team AZ is also conducting an independent investigation. The stadium is currently inaccessible, which means that AZ can play no home matches at the stadium for the time being, NU.nl reports.

Storm clouds gather over a tulip field
Aug 12 '19 07:36

Monday will be wet and dreary in the Netherlands, with thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for all provinces except Noord-Holland, Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe and the Wadden islands.

Fallen tree
Aug 10 '19 18:51

One person was killed, and separately a portion of the AFAS Stadion roof collapsed as heavy winds gripped the Netherlands on Saturday. Wind gusts in IJmuiden, at the North Sea coast, even topped 104 kilometers per hour.

A bicyclist died at about 2:30 p.m. in Linschoten, Utrecht, when the heavy winds toppled a tree, which sent it crashing down on a bike path along the Haardijk. The tree struck the victim, a 58-year-old man from Lopik, a town 15 kilometers away from the accident.

Amsterdam Flag
Aug 9 '19 23:37

A whirlwind passed across the center of Amsterdam on Friday night, catching many of the city's residents and tourists completely off guard. There were no known injuries in the immediate aftermath, with just a handful of damage reports following the 9:15 p.m. weather incident.

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Aug 9 '19 14:20

The rescue brigade had to rescue an adult and two children in the North Sea at Egmond aan Zee when they were caught in a rip current on Thursday, RTL Nieuws reports.

The family of four was swimming together when the current suddenly became to strong for them. One adult managed to get out of the water under their own power. The Rescue Brigade helped the other adult and two children. The second adult was taken to hospital in unknown condition, according to the broadcaster.

People enjoying the summer weather in Oosterpark in Amsterdam, 23 June 2019
Aug 9 '19 07:43

A total of 2,964 people died during the July week in which a record breaking heatwave hit the Netherlands. That is almost 400 more deaths than in an average summer week, Statistics Netherlands reported based on preliminary figures.

Storm clouds over the Dordrecht inner harbor
Aug 8 '19 13:58

Bad news for summer lovers! Friday will be the last really warm day in the Netherlands for the foreseeable future, according to Weerplaza. From next week the weather is clearly turning towards autumn.

Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton Trix
Aug 8 '19 12:40

After its two-year-long European tour, Tyrannosaurus Rex Trix is back in Leiden. The T-Rex skeleton was reassembled and now has a prominent place in the Dinotijd room in the renovated Naturalis Biodiversity Center, NU.nl reports.

Trix was excavated in the American state of Montana in 2013. It is one of the most complete T-Rex skeletons ever found. The Naturalis named the 66 million-year-old dinosaur after Princess Beatrix. 

Oak processionary butterflies
Aug 2 '19 12:30

The hot and dry weather in the Netherlands last week were the ideal conditions for oak processionary butterflies to start crawling out of their pupa. The butterflies are expected to lay many eggs on oak trees across the country, which may result in more problems with the poisonous caterpillars again next year, AD reports.

"The oak processionary butterfly lives only a few days. They look for a male or female to mate with. The female lays her eggs in the tree, and that's it", Henry Kuppen of the Knowledge Center on the Oak Processionary Caterpillar said to the newspaper. 

Bambino Sphynx kitten
Aug 1 '19 16:20

For the first time ever, the Dutch authority on food and consumer product safety NVWA issued a warning to a breeder of Bambino Sphynx cats. These 'designer cats', which have no fur and short legs, often have serious health problems. The NVWA expects that more warnings will follow, RTL Nieuws reports.

The company that was reprimanded was Cattery in Gendt, Gelderland. The owner says she has now had her cats sterilized, according to the broadcaster. 

Drought
Aug 1 '19 09:12

For the second year in a row, the precipitation deficit in Achterhoek and Twente reached the same level as in late July 1976 - the driest year ever in the Netherlands, the Union of Waterboards reported on Wednesday. "This region has had a hard time for two consecutive year", said Hein Pieper of waterboard Rijn en IJssel and vice-president of the Association of Waterboards, NU.nl reports. 

Pale di San Martino
Jul 30 '19 16:10

A 52-year-old Dutch woman died while holidaying in Italy on Friday. She was hiking with her husband and their two sons, aged 12 and 14, when she slipped and fell 100 meters into a canyon, according to Italian newspaper Trento Today.

The tragic accident happened at around 9:30 a.m. on Friday while the family was on a multi-day hike on Pale di San Martino in the Dolomites. They were hiking from the Canali Valley on hiking trial 709 to the Pradidali mountain hut. They were 500 meters way from reaching the hut, which is located at an altitude of 2,278 meters, when the woman fell. 

Air conditioner
Jul 30 '19 15:50

The skyrocketing demand for energy-guzzling air conditioners in Dutch homes was not taken into account in the government's Climate Agreement. This blind spot means that it will be even more difficult than expected for the Netherlands to achieve its climate goals, the Klimaatverbond Nederland - a collaboration of dozens of local governments like provinces, municipalities and waterboards - said to newspaper AD.

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