Nature

Steak
Nov 21 '19 09:14

Almost 60 percent of Netherlands residents consider themselves a meat eater, but just as large a group are aware of meat's impact on the climate and think that eating less meat will become the norm. Almost half agree with the statement that "eating meat everyday is no longer of this time", according to a study by Kien commissioned by environmental organization Natuur & Milieu, AD reports. 

Nov 20 '19 09:17

Last year the Dutch transport sector emitted 26 billion kilograms of CO2 equivalents of greenhouse gases, almost as much as in 2012. Aviation was responsible for 49 percent of those emissions, water transport for 26 percent, and road transport for 21 percent, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday.

Fog on the road
Nov 20 '19 07:20

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire Netherlands, except the Wadden Islands. Commuters are warned to be careful of icy roads and thick fog during morning rush hour.

Areas that had rain overnight will have a good chance of icy and slippery roads. "All traffic participants can be hindered by this. Adjust your driving behavior", the KNMI warned. 

In the northeastern and central parts of the country fog can reduce visibility to less tan 200 meters. Motorists are advised to adjust their speed and keep a safe following distance.

Snowy garden in Amsterdam Oost, 1 Feb 2019
Nov 18 '19 08:16

The first_snow of the season fell in Heerlen and Kerkrade, among others, at around 8:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, according to Weeronline. As the snow was combined with rain, it didn't turn the landscape white and did not cause icy road problems. No more snow is expected in the coming days.

The last time snow fell in the Netherlands was on May 4th in Limburg. Last year the first snowfall of the season happened on November 20th in Emmen and Terr Apel.

Afternoon traffic on the A4 near Rotterdam
Nov 15 '19 08:02

Last year road traffic accounted for 17 percent of the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted in the Netherlands, according to Statistics Netherlands. The total CO2 emissions from road traffic was 2 percent higher in 2018 than in 2017 and 28 percent higher than in 1990.

Passenger cars accounted for 62 percent of the CO2 emissions in road traffic. Heavy goods vehicles and buses accounted for 20 percent. 

A family of red deer in Oostvaardersplassen
Nov 13 '19 15:10

Forestry service Staatsbosbeheer and the province of Flevoland must stop the large-scale culling of red deer in nature reserve Oostvaardersplassen, the Midden-Nederland court ruled on Tuesday. Multiple nature organizations lodged an appeal against the mass culling of red deer in order to reduce the number of large grazers in the nature reserve, NU.nl reports.

A dusting of snow in Diemen, 22 Jan 2019
Nov 13 '19 07:16

Limburg residents may well see the first snowfall of the season on Friday, according to Buienradar. And while it is wet snow that is expected - half snow, half water - the Limburg landscape may turn white for a while during the early morning, Buienradar meteorologist Marc de Jong said to RTL Nieuws.

So-called wet snow occurs when the upper part of the air column between a cloud and the ground is very cold, around -30 degrees, while the lower part of that column is still above 0 degrees. "Then the snow falls melting to earth", De Jong explained. 

Sunset in Slufter nature reserve on Texel island
Nov 12 '19 12:00

The European Union's policy on air quality led to much cleaner air in the Netherlands, according to a study by public health institute RIVM. Without the European measures implemented since the 1970s, air pollution in the country would be much higher and the average life expectancy in the Netherlands would be about six years lower, the RIVM said.

Kids looking for candy on Sint Maarten
Nov 11 '19 16:05

Monday evening could prove to be disappointing for kids planning on singing door-to-door in an effort to get candy during the Sint Maarten celebration. Rain was already carpeting much of the country's eastern and northern regions, with more rain expected to drop 5 p.m. to midnight from the coast on through to the German and Belgian borders.

A Rijkswaterstaat salt truck
Nov 11 '19 10:20

The Netherlands might not be able to keep roadways from icing over this winter, due to high levels of the chemical PFAS in the country's rock salt supply. Rock salt makes up the vast majority of the country's road salt supply, of which an average of 200 thousand tons is distributed every winter along Dutch roads, said Ardin Bos in an interview with the Telegraaf.

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
Nov 8 '19 08:30

The Netherlands and eight other European countries are calling on the European Union to implement a tax on air travel. The governments of the nine countries signed a manifesto calling on the European Commission to come up with a proposal on this front, which will be handed to European Commissioner Frans Timmermans.

Cows in a stable
Nov 7 '19 17:40

Modern cattle stables emit more nitrogen than was assumed in calculation models, Statistics Netherlands found in a study that analyzed manure samples to compare the nitrogen content with the values in an international calculation model. The researchers found a lower than expected amount of nitrogen in the manure, which could mean that the nitrogen was released into the air, Trouw reports.

100 kilometers per hour speed limit sign
Nov 5 '19 08:54

The Dutch government is currently investigating a list of around 20 unorthodox and unpopular measures for reducing nitrogen emissions in the Netherlands. These measures include banning car traffic on one Sunday a month, and lowering the speed limit on all highways to 100 kilometers per hour, AD reports based on sources in The Hague.

The A20 was jammed up near Spaanse Polder in Rotterdam towards Gouda, at the A13 junction. Nov. 5, 2019
Nov 5 '19 08:17

The roads across the Netherlands were jammed up more than usual just before the Tuesday morning rush hour was underway. There were local reports of fog in several parts of the country, as well as rain and scattered showers in several provinces.

A rough rush hour was likely on the roads both Tuesday morning and at the end of the workday, according to infrastructure agency Rijkswaterstaat.

NS train in the snow
Nov 2 '19 08:30

NS made changes to its policy for regional timetable adjustments so that it can be more flexible in dealing with local snowfall. This should mean a reduction in train cancellations on snowy days, the rail company pledged in comments to the Telegraaf.

Previously, changes to regional timetables had to be made at least 12 hours in advance and applied to a whole section of a day. Now changes must be made at least four hours an advance, and apply for at least two hours.

Wind turbines in Amsterdam
Nov 1 '19 12:40

The province of Gelderland will only use green gas and sustainable electricity from next year, as part of a contract concluded with energy providers Greenchoice and  Vattenfall, De Gelderlander reports.

The province's decision to switch to entirely green energy from next year coincides with Vattenfall's decision to stop developing biogas plants in the Netherlands. 

Frost covered leaf
Oct 31 '19 10:20

On Thursday morning the temperature at the national weather station in De Bilt dropped to -0.1 degrees Celsius, making today the first official below freezing day of the autumn, Weerplaza reports. This year's first official below freezing day is a bit early - usually temperatures drop below zero for the first time around November 3rd.

The military dog that helped track down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Oct 30 '19 13:30

The military dog that helped track down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria on Saturday, was trained in the Netherlands. "I recognized him immediately", Marco van Hoof, director of Hondenadvies Centrum Nederland, said to Editie NL.

"I thought: I know him, that dog was here", Van Hoof said. The Belgian Shepherd trained at his location in Best, before being transported to America via Amsterdam. "With this as a result", Van Hoof said. "It is a male of five years old. He is a very good dog."

Biomass power plant
Oct 30 '19 09:22

Generating electricity from biomass creates more greenhouse gas emissions than coal and gas, according to a yet-to-be-published study by DNV GL consultancy commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management that newspaper AD has in its possession. 

Aerial photo of the Zandvoort circuit in 2016
Oct 29 '19 15:10

Renovations to the Zandvoort Circuit for the Dutch Grand Prix can continue as planned, the court in Haarlem ruled on Tuesday in the first of two lawsuits filed by environmental organizations in an attempt to stop the planned work, RTL Nieuws reports.

Sunweb branding on a Transavia Boeing 737-800
Oct 29 '19 10:10

Starting today, travel organization Sunweb will start compensating for the CO2 emissions caused by its package holidays. The organization will not only compensate the emissions of the flight, but also those of associated bus trips, transfers and accommodations. This will cost the company an estimated 1 million euros, but prices will not be raised for customers, Sunweb said, NOS reports.

Fog rolled across parts of the country including the A16 near Dordrecht at the ’s-Gravendeel interchange. Oct. 29, 2019
Oct 29 '19 08:18

Fog and slippery roads are causing havoc with traffic in the Netherlands on Tuesday morning. At 8:00 a.m. there were 157 traffic jams on Dutch roads, covering 728 kilometers, according to travelers' association ANWB.

An accident on the A2 near the Oudenrijn junction got the morning off to a troublesome start, tying up traffic between Den Bosch and Utrecht, according to ANWB. The left lane had been closed and was reopened by 6:30 a.m., but there was still heavy traffic in north- and southbound lanes 90 minutes later.

Sunny Amsterdam
Oct 25 '19 07:29

At 3:40 p.m. on Thursday, temperatures climbed to 19.5 degrees at the weather station in De Bilt, making it the warmest October 24th in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901, Weeronline reports. The previous record of 19.4 degrees was set in 1995.

This is the 14th heat record so far this year, compared to only one cold record on October 6th. Last year, which was extremely hot, also had 14 heat records, but three cold records. According to the weather service, it's because of global warming that so many more heat records than cold records are broken. 

Cows in a stable
Oct 24 '19 11:00

Strict climate measures will have much greater consequences on the Dutch economy than politicians realize, according to employers' organization VNO-NCW and MKB Nederland. These measures may even trigger an economic crisis, or what they call a "self-organized recession", the organizations said to De Telegraaf.

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