The GaiaZoo in Limburg had two new arrivals this week. The first is a baby gorilla, born to first time mother Tamidol. The second is a baby crested mangabey. Crested mangabeys are very rare and there are only 40 living in 15 European zoos.
Unexpected fog has caused delays at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam throughout Monday. The airport issued an advisory telling passengers to pay attention to their website and app, or to contact their airlines for the latest information.
Snowfall will cover a large portion of the Netherlands Sunday night, meteorologists at the KNMI say. All provinces are under a code yellow weather alert for snow and slippery conditions, except Noord and Zuid Holland, and Zeeland.
Filmmaker Roald van Stijn has finally managed to capture a swarm of "dancing" starlings flying over Utrecht on Wednesday, according to de Volkskrant.
A windmill in Alkmaar, Noord-Holland has been left without vanes following strong winds this morning. The 450-year-old Geestmolen (Spirit Mill) is badly damaged, devastating its miller, Piet Kuiper.
"Code yellow" weather warnings have been issued by Dutch weather analysts for the seventh day in a row, as extreme winds continue to cause unrest across the country.
The fierce winds that have wreaked havoc across much of the Netherlands for several days in a row will likely ease off by the weekend. Wind gusts of 80 km/h and higher have been reported across the country, with Dutch weather experts calling for a sixth straight code yellow weather warning for coastal provinces and Limburg.
Overnight, another earthquake hit the province of Groningen with a magnitude of 2.0 on Richter scale, reports the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, KNMI. The quake is believed to be caused by gas extraction in the Hoogezand-Sappemeer municipality.
The code yellow weather warning is still in effect across parts of the Netherlands on Sunday with high winds expected to take their toll for a third straight day. Wind speeds of 90 km/h along the coast and 80 km/h inland are expected.
Strong winds blew across the Netherlands for a second straight day, causing trouble on the roads and delays at the airports. The government’s highway and waterway management department, Rijkswaterstaat, said some motorists should stay off the road until the ongoing weather warning is lifted.
Wind speeds up to 90 km/h have been predicted for much of the Netherlands on Friday and Saturday, meteorological department KNMI reports. Winds could even reach up to 100 km/h in some coastal areas on Friday morning.
Groningen experienced yet another earthquake at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. The area of Loppersum, Groningen felt a 2.7 magnitude quake on Richter scale, according to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).
There is good news and bad news regarding the otter population in the Netherlands. The good news is that the number of otters is increasing, there are currently about 140 otters in the Netherlands. The bad news is that the genetic variation of the animals is lacking due to inbreeding.
The sea lions and 10 penguins in Artis are starting the new year in each other's company.
"A wave that comes and goes and leaves everything else behind." These words are no the back of the monument that Karin Beenhakker and Luc Pijman have set up in Zand commemorating the 39 Dutch victims of the tsunami of 2004.
More than half of the "wild game" sold by supermarkets is actually farmed game. This is evident from the meat benchmark that Natuur & Milieu ( Nature & Environment) and Questionmark published today.
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs announced on Tuesday that the Cabinet will further reduce the gas extraction in Groningen. A maximum of 39.4 billion cubic meters of gas may be extracted from the gas field in Groningen in 2015, previously it was 42.5 billion cubic meters. This is a reduction of about 7 percent.
Albert Heijn supermarkets are selling deformed fruits and vegetables at a quarter of the standard selling price. The company is doing this in an attempt to reduce excessive food wastage, reports business news website Z24.
An experimental project has rolled out in an attempt to persevere barn owls in the Netherlands. Younger, inexperienced owls are often killed by oncoming traffic while hunting mice on Dutch highways.
The Groningen provincial government has stated that it intends to press a case with the Council of State against the Dutch government if drastic measures are not implemented to reduce gas extraction in the province, the NRC reported Tuesday. The Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, is expected to propose a five percent decrease in gas extraction during a stop in Groningen on Wednesday, which would cost the Netherlands about €500 million in annual revenue.
The gas valve in Groningen will be slowed even further to prevent earthquakes. The cabinet discussed this last Friday, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Council of Ministers has agreed with State Secretary Dijksma's proposal to ban the use of wild mammals in circuses. They aim to have the ban take effect in September 2015.
TNO determined that the amount of particulate matter in residential areas in Amsterdam and Amstelveen is two times higher than normal when the wind is blowing from the direction of Schiphol.
Dr Erwann Michel-Kerjan and co-authors, winners of this year's Science of Risk: Climate Change category, proposed four flood resilience strategies to protect coastal megacities from the likes of Superstorm Sandy. Their strategies included the levee systems designed for the Netherlands by Dutch engineers in early 1950's.