Dutch activist and director of sustainability organization Urgenda, Marjan Minnesma, began today a 580 kilometer hike from the city of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, to the Climate Summit in Paris. Minnesma is highlighting the need for action to prevent dangerous climate change and ensure a livable earth for future generations.
A code yellow weather warning has been issued for the northern parts of the country for Tuesday morning. The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, the KNMI, warns that visibility may be reduced to 100 meters in some places. As of 7:45 a.m. there were 400 kilometers of traffic jams across the country, much of them in the Randstad, Noord-Brabant and Gelderland, according to ANWB.
The dense fog in the Netherlands is on Monday morning is not only affecting motorists, but also the air traffic. A number of airports have cancelled or delayed departing flights throughout the morning. Travelers are advised to check airports' websites or apps before heading to the airports.
A code yellow weather warning for dense fog has been issued for all of the Netherlands. In some places the visibility may be less than 100 meters and motorists are urged to drive carefully.
A code yellow weather alert was issued for much of the Netherlands on Sunday morning as fog blanketed the country. The alert was scheduled for 8am to 11am, the national meteorological agency KNMI stated.
A university student studying medicine was reported missing over two days ago in Uganda. The 21-year-old reportedly went missing in Murchison Falls National Park while near the bank of the Nile River.
After the so-called Volkswagen diesel scandal the European Commission has agreed to start using the Real Driving Emission test, which tests diesel vehicles' emissions in practice. In a rather controversial move, the Commission also decided to allow new diesel cars more than twice the allowable nitrogen emissions during the first years of the test's implementation.
After decades of deterioration, wildlife in the Netherlands is finally showing some improvement. Improvement can especially be seen under the fresh water surface and around lakes and rivers, but on farmlands the wildlife is still under heavy pressure.
Dutch consumers spent 18 percent more on animal- and environmentally friendly produced food in 2014, spending a total of at least 2.6 billion euros. The market share of sustainable foods increased from 6 percent to 7 percent.
A trio of filmmakers from Amsterdam have attempted to embarrass Russia in a playful satire on Vladimir Putin. The trio planted the Dutch flag on the exact same spot the Russians placed their flag in the North Pole several years earlier. They planted the flag on the exact location where the Russian flag is sitting, under some 4,200 meters of ice.
State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Economic Affairs is pushing for an international ban on trophy hunting, such as hunting lions or elephants. She is currently investigating the possibilities for such a ban. Dijksma also wants the United Nations to recognize wildlife crime as international crime.
The Netherlands is getting two pandas from China, and without the annual one million dollar fee. The black and white bears will soon be accommodated by the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen. According to Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs, this is "a sign of the special relationship between China and the Netherlands".
The Netherlands will experience beautiful weather during the last days of October, Weerplaza expects. Today started sunny and the afternoon temperatures are expected to reach a lovely 17 degrees.
The Dutch electricity supply has become dirtier over the past year, instead of greener. The main reason for this is the low coal prices. Energy companies burned 5 percent more coal than in 2013, increasing the share of coal-fired power generation from 24 percent to 29 percent.
A fishing war has erupted between the Dutch and Norwegians following the Norwegian authorities’ newly adopted attitude regarding Herring fishing around the Spitsbergen fishing territory. Two Dutch ships have been turned around due to fear of detention by authorities in the countries capital. Dutch fishermen have been catching Herring there for over twenty years
The much anticipated Orionid meteor shower that is to dazzle star gazers over the following few nights, is going to be dulled to perhaps nothing due to the expected cloud cover heading for the Netherlands.
Tampering with diesel vehicles' emissions, such as was done in the so-called Volkswagen diesel scandal, is the reason that the Netherlands is not meeting the European standards for air quality. It is also responsible for the shorter life-spans of people living near busy motorways.
The Netherlands can look forward to warmer and dryer autumn weather next week. Good news for the northern and center regions of the country, where it is autumn vacation.
The Netherlands' first snowfall of the season dusted Limburg on Wednesday morning. The beautiful white flakes could be spotted in several places in Limburg.
Reports from Westkapelle have come through about oil that is washing up along beaches in Zeeland on the Dutch coastline are thanks to sunken Dutch freighter Flinterstar, The freighter collided with another tanker, Al Oraiq,and is stuck just off the coast of Belgium on a sand bank. Even though authorities attempted to build a sandbank around the Zwin Nature Reserve, dozens of meter of beachfront between Westkapelle and Vlissingen have been covered with the spilled oil.
With a thumbs up from Artis Zoo Director Haig Balian, demolition of one of the oldest structures at the Amsterdam institution began. The old animal cages that houses the big cats stood since the zoo's creation in 1838.
Some 1,240 reports of damage following last week's earthquake in Hellum, Groningen were called in to the CVW, an organization set up to monitor safe living conditions in the region. The province has been plagued by an onslaught of tremors and earthquakes brought on by the extraction of natural gas there.
People in the Netherlands who use the roadways to get to work can expect a more challenging commute than normal, as dense fog is expected to blanket a good portion of the country. The provinces of Noord- and Zuid-Holland, Friesland and Gelderland are all covered by a code yellow weather warning issued by the Dutch meteorological agency KNMI.
The Center for Safe Housing (CVW) in Groningen said they received 347 damage reports after the 3.1-magnitude earthquake in Hellum, Groningen on Wednesday night. Of those, 63 are from Slochteren, a town roughly four kilometers south of the epicenter.