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Irrigation
Oct 31 '18 08:35

Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture wants to use a "light form" of genetic modification as part of her efforts to make agriculture in the Netherlands more sustainable. She is currently working with companies, farmers and Wageningen University to investigate the possibilities for experimenting with the so-called CRISPR-Cas method. She will send parliament a letter about their progress in the coming weeks, she said to the Volkskrant. 

Oil sand as seen in drill cores
Jun 20 '18 14:30

Pension investors ABP and Aegon together invest more than a billion euros into polluting oil sands. Insurer NN Groep and pension fund PFZW together invest 119 million euros in this sector, according to research by environmental organization Greenpeace, the Volkskrant reports. 

Boiler
Mar 28 '18 12:10

A large coalition of parties from various sectors in the Netherlands is calling on the Tweede Kamer to phase out traditional central heating boilers within three years. By 2021 homeowners should only be allowed to replace their central heating boilers with a more sustainable solution, such as a heating pump or a hybrid heating pump, the parties say, NOS reports. 

Wind Farm at sea
Mar 27 '18 12:20

The Dutch government plans to build three more offshore wind farms, in addition to five new wind farms already agreed upon in the Energy Agreement. The government wants the total offshore wind farms to produce 40 percent of the Netherlands' current electricity consumption by 2030. 

Greenpeace activists climb onto a drilling platform on the North Sea to protest against gas drilling near Schiermonnikoog, 15 & 16 Feb 2018
Feb 16 '18 17:00

The police arrested three seasick Greenpeace activists on Friday. The activists formed part of a group that climbed onto the drilling platform near Schiermonnikoog to protest against gas drilling. They returned to shore because they felt seasick, and was arrested at Lauwersoog in Groningen. 

Air_pollution_smoke_rising_from_plant_tower
Feb 5 '18 14:50

The government's climate plans will hit low-income earners in the Nehterlands the hardest, while businesses will see little change in their climate taxes, according to a study by research agency CE Delft on behalf of environmental group Milieudefensie, the Volkskrant reports.

The previous Energy Agreement, implemented in 2013, already hit low income earners harder than high income earners. The new Climate and Energy Agreement - talks on which are expected to start at the end of this month - will increase this inequality, the researchers conclude.

Alexander Pechtold and Wouter Koolmees walk hand in hand to support a gay couple beaten up for holding hands in Arnhem
Dec 30 '17 08:20

This year Hurricane Irma, the parliamentary elections in March and the government formation that followed, a Dutch comedian mocking Donald Trump, and gay bashing in Arnhem held NL Times the most readers' attention. Here follows the top 10 most read stories on NL Times in 2017, in contrast to .

Windmills on Land
Oct 31 '17 12:20

With the new Dutch government's plans, the Netherlands can reach about half of the climate goals set in the Paris climate agreement, according to an analysis by living environment planning office PBL. In order to achieve all the goals in the Paris Agreement, which is aimed at limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees, the government must make additional agreements with the Dutch industry, the PBL says, ANP reports.

Wind Farm at sea
Oct 11 '17 15:50

The new Dutch government presented a very ambitious energy policy in its on Tuesday. By 2030 the Rutte III cabinet wants the Netherlands' greenhouse gas emissions to be 49 percent lower than the level it was in 1990, a higher goal than what European rules currently demand. The governments is also planning to advocate for a 55 percent reduction in emissions in Europe.

Greenpeace calls on Nuon to close its Hemweg coal plant in a protest at the energy company's Amsterdam headquarters, 20 Jul 2017
Jul 20 '17 12:10

About 25 people from environmental group Greenpeace are protesting in front of the Nuon headquarters in Amsterdam on Thursday, calling on the power company to close its coal power plant on Hemweg. Five of the protesters are locked in a glass meeting room and they hung a big banner on the Nuon building's facade calling for the coal plant to be closed, NU.nl reports.

The Greenpeace activists plan to stay in front of the building until the energy company agrees to talk to them about closing the Hemweg power plant.

Amsterdam_Zuidoost_ING-Bank_02_PM07
May 8 '17 11:44

Greenpeace, Milieudefensie, Oxfam Novib and BankTrack filed a joint complaint against ING over the bank's continued investment in fossil fuels. According to the organization, ING still invests billions of euros in fossil energy and is thereby violating OECD guidelines, BNR reports.

Hemweg coal plant in Amsterdam
Apr 18 '17 10:45

A c to close the Amsterdam coal plant on Hemweg collected over 5 million euros. Over 41 thousand people and organizations supported the campaign.

At 10:20 a.m. on Monday the campaign raised 5,085,395 euros from 41,547 supporters. The objective of the campaign is to buy the Hemweg plant from owner Nuon and then close it. 

Greenpeace activists build a pipeline into ING's headquarters in Amsterdam to protest the bank funding the Dakota Access pipeline, 16 Feb 2017
Feb 16 '17 16:45

On Thursday morning a group of about 20 Greenpeace activists dug room for and planted 15 meters of super heavy pipe sections at the ING headquarters in Amsterdam Zuidoost. They did so to protest against the Dutch bank's part in financing the highly controversial Standing Rock pipeline in Dakota, United States, Het Parool reports.

Henk_Kamp_2015_(1)
Dec 7 '16 11:39

The government wants the Netherlands to be nearly CO2 emissions free by 2050, according to Economic Minister Henk Kamp's Energy Agenda. The Agenda contains a number of measures to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and encourage sustainable living. Environmental organizations call the plan unambitious, NU.nl reports.

Nov 29 '16 16:40

Not a single political party in the Netherlands managed to go far enough in their election promises on the environment to reach the climate target set in the , the Volkskrant reports based on its own analysis of the election campaigns of the Dutch parties. Even where programs embrace the Paris targets, their intentions fall short, according to the newspaper.

Canned Tuna
Nov 22 '16 12:50

Lables saying "sustainably caught" or "caught with respect for nature" on canned tuna are often not true, according to environmental organization Greenpeace on Monday. Tuna are still often caught in a way that is damaging to the environment and other marine animals like sharks, the Telegraaf reports.

The environmental organization looked into seven canned tuna producers in the Netherland to find out which tuna they use and how exactly the fish are caught. Six of the seven producers sell canned tuna that were caught in a way that is damaging to the environment.

Oct 18 '16 08:37

Small new energy firms in the Netherlands are much greener than their larger counterparts, according to the annual sustainability study. Of the five large energy companies, only Eneco scored a "sufficient" in the study

Lilianne_Ploumen_2015_(1)
Oct 12 '16 16:15

A majority of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, supports a free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA)

Kerncentrale_Borssele_933-7538
Oct 4 '16 12:30

If electricity prices stay at their current level or decline further, losses suffered from the struggling Borssele nuclear plant can amount to 500 million euros, according to an investigation done by consultancy Spring Associates

Jul 26 '16 10:08

Greenpeace wants energy from coal power plants to be banned from the Netherlands grid, director Sylvia Borren of Greenpeace Nederland said in an interview with Dutch newspaper Trouw. According to her, banning coal power will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help hit the targets in the Urgenda ruling and the climate agreement signed in Paris.

Jul 13 '16 15:20

By closing all coal plants, the Netherlands can fulfill all its climate obligations in one shot, Greenpeace said in a statement responding to a report on the future of coal powered plants in the country.

Jun 7 '16 09:21

A massive 167 Dutch municipalities are still using coal power for their own electricity use, such as for powering street lighting, traffic lights and municipal buildings, according to a study done by SOMO on behalf of Greenpeace Netherlands.

Kerncentrale_Borssele_933-7538
May 18 '16 15:25

Greenpeace is concerned abut the safety of the nuclear power plant in Borssele since the nearby coal plant closed in November last year. According to the environmental organization, the coal plant closing left the nuclear plant with insufficient independent power supplies to guarantee safety

Greenpeace
May 16 '16 16:15

Environmental organization Greenpeace will be handing a petition to ban the use of harmful ingredient glyphosate in herbicides to Parliament on Tuesday. The World Health Organization labels this ingredient as likely carcinogenic

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