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Foggy Schiphol, 29 Dec 2016
Dec 5 '19 13:40

Flight traffic at Eindhoven Airport started up early Thursday afternoon after thick fog and poor visibility kept planes grounded throughout the morning. A large number of flights are reported as delayed on Schiphol's site. 

Fog covers Borneokade in Amsterdam Oost, 5 December 2019
Dec 5 '19 08:33

Commuters throughout the Netherlands can expect thick fog along the roadways Thursday morning, and the reduced visibility was likely to cause problems throughout the morning at Eindhoven Airport. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the whole country except Zeeland and the Wadden Islands, with visibility falling below 200 meters in some places.

Rat
Dec 4 '19 12:50

"The Dutch government does not have a handle on the rat problem", according to Bastiaan Meerburg of the knowledge and advice center on animal plagues KAD. Even though many municipalities signal an increase in complaints about rats, there is no clear count on how many rats call the Netherlands home, NOS reports. 

Fog on the road
Dec 4 '19 08:20

Fog is causing visibility problems in the Netherlands' southern promises on Wednesday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning. Eindhoven Airport warns that the fog may cause some flight delays.

The airport's site shows a handful of delayed arrivals and departures, but so far none of the delays are longer than 30 minutes.

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Dec 3 '19 10:30

Lummetje, fishing cutter UK165 from Urk that sank in the North Sea west of Texel last week, got its net stuck on a shipwreck, according to Jouke Soelstra of rescue organization KNRM. The area around De Razende Bol sand bank is very treacherous due to the many shipwrecks there, he said to Noordhollands Dagblad.

A Dutch tourist snapped this photo of thousands of oak processionary caterpillars covering a tree at a campsite in Volstroff, France. June 17, 2019
Dec 3 '19 08:47

Municipalities in the Netherlands are increasingly turning to natural methods in the fight against the oak processionary caterpillar. Municipalities are looking into promoting natural predators, bacteria based pesticides, and transforming their tree stock so they have less oak trees, NOS reports after surveying the Dutch municipalities.

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Dec 2 '19 13:40

Multiple accidents occurred in the Rotterdam region on Monday morning as a result of icy and slippery roads. The accidents caused delays for motorists in the morning rush hour. 

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow slippery roads warning for Gelderland and Noord-Brabant on Monday morning. Travelers' association ANWB warned that Gelderland, Utrecht and Noord-Brabant can expect issues. But the problems extended beyond those provinces.

Coastguard and KNRM search the North Sea for sunken cutter Lummetje and missing fishermen Jochem  Foppen and Hendrik-Jan de Vries, 28 Nov 2019
Dec 2 '19 12:50

The bodies of two men were found in sunken fishing cutter Lummetje in the North Sea early on Sunday afternoon. While official identification is still in progress, the victims are almost certainly 27-year-old Hendrik-Jan de Vries and 41-year-old Jochem Foppen, who disappeared with the Lummetje on Thursday. "It is good for the families that the uncertainty has come to an end", Mayor Ineke Bakker of Urk said in a statement, De Gelderlander reports.

Coastguard and KNRM search the North Sea for sunken cutter Lummetje and missing fishermen Jochem  Foppen and Hendrik-Jan de Vries, 28 Nov 2019
Nov 29 '19 13:00

Two rescue workers were injured during a search and rescue mission for a sunken fishing cutter and two missing sailors from Urk on the North Sea on Thursday. One of the two rescuers sustained "serious injuries" to his back, the other bruised his ribs. The search for the two missing sailors, identified as 41-year-old Jochem Foppen and 27-year-od Hendrik-Jan de Vries, was halted for Friday due to bad weather conditions.

Cows in a stable
Nov 29 '19 08:57

The number of cows, bulls and calves in the Netherlands decreased by 3 percent this year to 3.8 million, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday based on the provisional figures from the Agricultural Census. "That is really extremely beneficial for the nitrogen dossier",Cor Pierik, agricultural economist at Statistics Netherlands, said to RTL Nieuws.

Cats
Nov 27 '19 12:50

Allowing cats to roam outside without human supervision is illegal according to European rules for nature protection, lawyers and Tilburg University researchers Arie Trouwborst and Han Somsen conclude. The domestic cat is a danger to nearly 370 endangered species and is considered one of Europe's top three most harmful exotic animals. The domestic cat is originally from Africa, Trouw reports based on interviews with Trouwborst, an associate professor, and Somsen, a full professor at the Tilburg Law School.

Schiphol Plaza
Nov 27 '19 10:41

Almost 40 percent of passengers who fly through Schiphol do not fly further than 750 kilometers, Greenpeace reports based on research by consultancy and engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV. According to Greenpeace, 750 kilometers is in many cases a distance that can easily be traveled by train or electric bus, saving a lot of CO2 emissions during these short flights' taxiing, takeoffs and landings.

Greenpeace protesting at Shell oil platforms in the North Sea, October 2019
Nov 25 '19 14:20

Shell turned to court to demand that all Greenpeace protests be banned on and around the four Brent oil platforms in the British part of the North Sea. In mid-October Greenpeace protested on two of the no-longer-in-use platforms, demanding that Shell dismantle and remove the platforms. A court in Scotland will rule on this case on Thursday, NOS reports.

A foggy morning in Amsterdam, 25 November 2019
Nov 25 '19 08:09

Fog is reducing visibility to less than 200 meters in large parts of the Netherlands on Monday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning. Road users are advised to drive slowly and keep a safe following distance.

The warning is in place for the provinces of Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Limburg, Noord-Brabant, Utrecht and Gelderland. The fog should dissipate by around 9:00 a.m.

Ducks crossing a street
Nov 21 '19 16:50

Residents of the Utrecht town of Overberg have a novel idea on how to stop speeding. Instead of using speed bumps or cameras, they want to use live animals. This is already done in a small scale by local farmer Gerry. Her neighbor now wants to expand it, RTL Nieuws reports.

Shooting star
Nov 21 '19 16:00

The alpha monocerotides will be passing over the Netherlands tonight. The last time this rare meteor shower was spotted, was in 1995. The meteor shower will peak at around 5:48 a.m. on Friday. If the weather plays along, between 45 and 225 shooting stars per hour will be visible in the Dutch skies between 5:00 and 7:00 a.m., Buienradar meteorologist William Huizinga said to RTL Nieuws.

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.

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