Nature

Edgeøya
May 20 '15 16:55

In late August, a Dutch expedition will travel by boat to the island of Edgeøya on the east side of Spitsbergen, Norway. From 1968 to 1988, a Dutch station there in the arctic gathered large amounts of ecological data. The expedition will gather and compare new data to account for the impact of global warming on the polar ecosystem.

May 20 '15 07:59

A small tornado struck southern Netherlands on Tuesday night. The Tornado was spotted in Asten and Liessel.

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May 18 '15 18:40

A few dozen people held a vigil in Amsterdam's Frankendael Park to memorialize the victims of two earthquakes in Nepal. Among the mourners were 25 people from Nepal as well, NOS reported.

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May 14 '15 09:53

Ascension Day began cloudy in most of the Netherlands today, but there is a chance of sunshine during the course of the day.

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May 13 '15 19:00

A Malaysian tapir gave birth to a healthy calf on Tuesday morning at Artis Zoo in Amsterdam. The two-minute birth went smoothly and the newborn animal can already walk with its mother, Artis reported.

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May 13 '15 17:20

The Netherlands contributed 8.1 percent more CO2 emissions in the first quarter of 2015 than a year before, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reported on Wednesday. Dutch energy companies produced delivered more energy than a year before due to increased demand from abroad, which lead to much of the emissions increase.

Northern Sea Route
May 13 '15 16:45

Melting ice caps can shift trade flows between Asia in Europe in favor of the Northern Sea Route. That would be a beneficial development for the port of Rotterdam, forecast the researchers from the University of Bern.

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May 12 '15 13:17

A healthy baby zebra was born into the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam on Thursday. Both mother and foal are doing well, the zoo reports.

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May 8 '15 16:41

A 71-year old Amsterdam man died on Thursday from injuries he received after wooden boarding crashed onto him during Tuesday's storm in the Netherlands. A strong gust of wind knocked over the boards at about 6:50 p.m. on Kalverstraat in Amsterdam, one of the city's most well-known shopping districts.

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May 8 '15 11:31

The Dolfinarium in Hardewijk has welcomed a new resident. Walrus Olivia moved in on Wednesday from Tiger Park Hagenbeck in Hamburg.

May 7 '15 17:25

Warm spring and beach weather is rolling in after the weekend, meteorologists reported on Thursday. The inland temperature is predicted to rise up to 23 degrees on average on Monday, but is expected to go even further up to 26 degrees on Tuesday, weather agency KNMI said.

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May 7 '15 08:28

The storm that blew through the Netherlands on Tuesday and Wednesday caused damages amounting about a million euros.

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May 7 '15 08:12

The two victims that were killed by a lighting strike in Amersfoort, Utrecht on Wednesday afternoon, have been identified as two 20 year old women, both from Amersfoort.

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May 6 '15 16:39

Insurance company Interpolis estimated receiving some 1,500 damage claims after the storms and high winds on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Liberation Day storm alone caused about a thousand reports, according to Telegraaf.

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May 6 '15 15:59

A lightning strike in an Amersfoort, Utrecht park left two people dead, safety office Veiligheidsregio Utrecht reported on Wednesday. The two victims likely took shelter from the rain underneath a tree, and lightning may have hit both the tree and the victims, a safety office spokesman said.

The bolt of lightning came down in Randenbroek Park at about 2:30 p.m. The fire department was quickly called to the scene and tried to resuscitate the victims after the incident but to no avail.

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May 6 '15 08:45

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute has issued a code yellow weather warning for thunderstorms and strong winds for the entire country on Wednesday afternoon.

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May 5 '15 08:39

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute has issued a code yellow weather warning for thunderstorms and strong winds for the entire Netherlands on Liberation Day.

Artis
May 4 '15 18:27

Artis Zoo is getting rid of its small cages in favor of larger, lifelike residence areas as a part of its ongoing reorganization. This implies giving up on many larger animals inhabiting the zoo. The animals to remain in the zoo will thus have more space available to them.

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May 4 '15 11:59

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological institute has issued a code yellow weather warning for heavy thunderstorms that are expected to hit most of the Netherlands on Tuesday.

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May 1 '15 12:50

A German-born resident of Kerkrade died from injuries suffered in the wake of the recent earthquake in Nepal. Uschi Dorweiler worked as a naturopath, and lived in the Limburg town for twenty years before she was killed while on holiday. She was 52 years old, reports the Limburgs Dagblad.

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Apr 30 '15 11:11

A visitor to the Rotterdam zoo was attacked by a vulture this week. The bird flew at Henk Koelwijn's neck and left a big scratch on his ear and back of his head, AD reports.

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Apr 22 '15 14:36

A group of 10 volunteers have made a spectacular flower petal mosaic of Vincent van Gogh on the Koningsplein in Keukehnhof.

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Apr 22 '15 13:11

The association Vrienden van het Vondelpark - Friends of the Vondelpark - wants a barbecue ban in the park as they believe it would significantly reduce the level of pollution. The association announced on their Facebook page.

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Apr 22 '15 11:31

14 year old Lars Barten from Rijkevoort made remarkable discovery in the Maastricht ENCI quarry on Saturday. He found rare bones of a mosasaur, a large, extinct marine reptile.

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