The Netherlands is an important link in the illegal trafficking of endangered wildlife, both in terms of market and of transit, according to research done by criminologist Daan van Uhm for which he will receive his doctorate on Tuesday
The Artis zoo in Amsterdam welcomed a new resident last week. A baby giant anteater was born in the zoo on Friday, the zoo announced. This is the fifth giant anteater to be born in the zoo since 2008.
The giant anteater is an endangered species and is part of the European breeding program, which Artis plays a big role in.
As the baby giant anteater will spend the first three months of its life on its mother's back, it is impossible at this stage to determine the sex of the baby. The new resident of the zoo therefore also does not have a name yet.
The Netherlands meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for strong winds up to 100 kilometers per hour for almost the whole country, with the exception of the eastern provinces. The strong winds resulted in a number of Carnival parades being cancelled or postponed, including those in Den Bosch, Breda, Roermond, Geleen and Venlo.
The number of reports of mice and rats in Amsterdam increased by 31 percent over the past year. Experts attribute the infestations growth to the mild winters and Amsterdam residents' lifestyles
Some 25 tons of the toxic gas ethylene oxide leaked into the the atmosphere from the Shell installation in Moerdijk, the oil giant discovered on Wednesday last week. According to the company, there is no danger to public health
On Tuesday the Tweede Kamer, lower house of Dutch parliament, voted that Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs should give no subsidies to coal-fired power plants for co-firing biomass until it is clear whether the plants must be closed due to pollution. Engergie-Nederland, the umbrella organization for energy companies in the country, thinks that the Energy Agreement will be jeopardized if coal plants do not co-fire biomass
State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs is discussing a ban on hunting tourism in the Netherlands with the provinces and the Royal Hunters Society, he said on Monday in response to questions from the PvdA and PvdD
A massive one meter long, 40 kilogram beaver was found killed in a roadside accident in Nijnsel, Oost Brabant on Monday. The tail alone is about 15 centimeters, forester Mari de Bijl announced on Twitter.
Dutch motorists will be facing slick, icy roads, snow and in many places dense fog with less than 200 meters visibility during morning rush hour on Thursday. Meteorological service KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the whole country.
The Netherlands can expect freezing temperatures with snow and frost this week, according to the KNMI. The meteorological office issued a code yellow warning for slick roads for all of the Netherlands, in effect until noon on Monday.
Monday will be partly cloudy with a period of sunshine, and a weak to moderate southeasterly wind. Many places can expect light frost. Afternoon temperatures will be between 0 and -2 degrees.
A pitch black seal pup was spotted on Wadden Sea sand bank Blauwe Balg between Terschelling and Ameland by a crew of environmental organization Naar Een Rijken Waddenzee, the organization announced.
A code yellow warning for slick, snow covered roads was issued for parts of Noord-Holland, Drenthe, Friesland, Flevoland, Overijssel and Limburg. The KNMI warns motorists to adjust their driving behavior accordingly and to keep an eye on weather reports and warnings.
Two more dead sperm whales were spotted on Texel. One washed up near the ferry port, the other is still floating in the sea near the lighthouse. According to Ecomare, they belonged to the same group as the five whales that washed up on Texel on Tuesday
Five sperm whales died on a Texel beach on Wednesday morning after washing ashore on Tuesday,
A drop in temperatures across could lead to some scattered light snowfall in the Netherlands from late Thursday night into Saturday, according to the nation’s official meteorology office KNMI. The snow is expected to first show around the end of Thursday in the northeast of the country.
The Netherlands can expect more winter weather later this week, according to Weerplaza. Halfway through the week cold air will flow into the country from the north and temperatures will drop significantly.
An elderly man won praise this week after rescuing a young boy who rode his sled right into a canal. Manno Buiter watched the events unfold from his house in Nieuwolda, Groningen, reports RTV Noord.
Dutch meteorological office KNMI terminated its warnings for icy roads in the northeast of the country. The weather office was joined by motorist association ANWB and infrastructure agency Rijkswaterstaat in calls for drivers to stay off the roads in the provinces of Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe.
The winter weather is still holding on in the northern provinces of the Netherlands and the KNMI extended its code read weather warning for Groningen until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and for Drenthe and Friesland until 3:00 p.m., after that the warning scales down to code orange.
A code red warning is currently in effect for the northern provinces of Drenthe, Groningen and Friesland due to black ice and slippery roads. National weather service KNMI warns motorists to stay off the road as far as they can manage it and to keep an eye on weather forecasts and traffic information.
Dozens of schools in Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe and Overijssel are closed today due to the icy weather and slippery roads
The icy weather in the northern parts of the Netherlands is taking its toll on the residents. Emergency rooms are working on overdrive to deal with injuries caused by slippery roads and sidewalks, mostly involving broken bones and bruises
Icy roads are causing havoc with the traffic in the northern half of the Netherlands. There is a 41 kilometer traffic jam on the A28 between Zwolle and Hoogeveen, where several accidents happened on Wednesday morning, according to traffic information service VID. The ANWB reports that traffic is standing still in both directions.
Warnings of ice-covered roads and sidewalks across much of the Netherlands remained largely intact on Tuesday. In the hardest hit northern provinces of Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe, as well as the Frisian Islands and Wadden Sea area, the alert was downgraded from a Code Red to a Code Orange with meteorologists still calling for caution into Thursday.