Drivers in the Netherlands will soon be limited to just 100 kilometers per hour on Dutch roadways, in an effort to make an immediate and dramatic reduction in air pollution, sources told broadcaster NOS.
Modern cattle stables emit more nitrogen than was assumed in calculation models, Statistics Netherlands found in a study that analyzed manure samples to compare the nitrogen content with the values in an international calculation model. The researchers found a lower than expected amount of nitrogen in the manure, which could mean that the nitrogen was released into the air, Trouw reports.
Emergency services responded to the Chemelot industrial estate near Geleen on Wednesday morning after an alarm was triggered for an ammonia leak. A number of streets in the neighboring district of Lindenheuvel are closed to traffic as a precaution, 1Limburg reports.
The toxic substance leaked around 7:45 a.m., according to the newspaper. Ambulances and fire brigade measuring teams responded. Nobody was injured, and firefighters measured no risky quantities of the hazardous substance around the industrial estate.
At least five people were injured in an explosion at company Grasso on Parallelweg in Den Bosch on Monday morning. The street is closed in both directions, and buildings in a 200 meter radius around the company were evacuated, AD reports.
According to the newspaper, a 50 liter bottle of ammonia exploded on the Grasso premises. Paramedics treated the injured people at the scene. As far as is known, nobody had to go to hospital so far. The building sustained significant damage.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation. Grasso builds cooling systems and compressors.
In a Arnhem home 56 emaciated, sick cats were found, in a home that was filthy with feces and urine, reported the society for prevention of animal cruelty.
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment is going to turn urine into energy. The electricity generated will be used to heat the office building on the Rijnstraat in The Hague. The office is expected to open in about two years.