Saturday 01 April 2023

Straight flush: Dutch aim to tackle human manure emissions

Straight flush: Dutch aim to tackle human manure emissions

Dutch policymakers are planning to target human manure and greenhouse gas emissions in a ground-breaking effort to meet EU pollution targets. Experts suggest the Dutch national diet of mashed vegetables and potatoes is particularly polluting in terms of generating wind and solid waste and say the byproduct of 17.8 million people should be incorporated into official statistics. The huge win by the Boer Burger Beweging (BBB) in last month’s provincial elections has generated an extra push for solutions to the... More >

Bulb that bites: Flores Touristia campaign

The Dutch tourist board has launched a video warning tourists planning to trample the flower fields for a perfect Instagram shot that a new bulb might bite back. ‘The Netherlands are world famous for their flowers and we welcome millions of tourists every year,’ says a Prof Erik Kummeling from a National Institute for Floricultural Science and Research, in the video. ‘But unfortunately as many tourists step into the flower fields for the perfect picture, the flowers and bulbs get... More >

Journalist cleared over hospital arrest

A journalist who was arrested and spent six hours in a cell after he tried to attend a lecture by a terminally sick cancer patient has won a five-year battle to clear his name. Ton van der Ham was never charged over the incident at the UMC Utrecht teaching hospital in April 2018, but the prosecution service deemed him to have committed a breach of the peace and recorded the incident on his criminal record. Only after the journalist appealed... More >

Police arrest bank helpdesk fraudsters

Police have made eight arrests as a result of a large-scale investigation into fraud involving fake bank helpdesk workers. Some 150 people reported having been conned out of a total of €1.6 million by the gang, who pretending to work for a bank, the police said on Friday. The fraudsters used manipulated phone numbers to tell people their account has been hacked, urging them to transfer their money into a ‘safe’ account. Clients were also sent e-mails purportedly from their... More >

Heineken drags its feet over deposits

Government inspectors and brewers Heineken and Grolsh, are in dispute about the continued use of cans without a logo saying they have a deposit, the AD reported on Friday. Heineken plans to continue using logo-free cans after April 1 even though the deposit system is being expanded to cover them from that date. The brewer says it plans to keep filling logo-free cans until early May, when the last of its brands has been adapted, in order not to waste... More >

Dutch must take action on nature: WNF

The Netherlands will lose important natural assets if nothing is done to restore the damage doen by nitrogen and drought, a study by the Dutch branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature WNF has shown. Nitrogen compound pollution, climate change and a lack of biodiversity are putting pressure on flora and fauna, the report said, with declining numbers of partridges, adders, larks and  natterjack toads. Rabbits and hedgehogs, which used to abound, are also under threat. Plant varieties in... More >

Brussels urges NL to act on nitrogen

The European Commission has written to the Netherlands urging it to make speed in reducing nitrogen-based pollution, according to a leaked letter widely quoted in the Dutch media. The letter, from environment commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius, reportedly calls on the government to stick to its guns and ensure that nitrogen emissions have been halved by 2030. The timing of the letter, which Dutch News has not seen, is opportune, given the pressure the cabinet is under to change the deadline to... More >

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