Wednesday 20 October 2021

NL must speed up to meet EU climate policy

The European Commission’s climate change plans will have ‘significant consequences’ for Dutch climate and energy policy and will partly require a change of course, the Dutch environmental assessment agency PBL said on Friday in a new report. The EU package, Fit for 55, was drawn up by commissioner Frans Timmermans and will set a legal goal of a climate neutral EU by 2050 and the intermediate target of a 55% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 compared to 1990. If... More >

Three Dutch universities in AWRU Top 100

Rotterdam’s Erasmus University has dropped out of the top 100 of the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Three Dutch universities made it into the top 100 of the table, published annually by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Utrecht was the highest ranked in 50th spot, followed by Groningen in 64th and Leiden in 83rd. Erasmus University Rotterdam was in 68th place in 2019 and 80th last year, but this time missed the cut for the top 100 for the... More >

Coronavirus patient total nears 1,000

The number of positive coronavirus tests reported to public health agency RIVM continues to decline, with 2,160 cases recorded in the 24 hours to Saturday morning. That is down 264 on Friday and well below the average for the past seven days. The seven-day average is now 2,441, which is down by over a fifth on a week ago. Hospital admissions too continue to fall back. In total, 1009 people are being treated in hospital, of whom 351 are in... More >

1.5 metre rule may be gone in September

Every adult who wants to be vaccinated against coronavirus will be fully protected by the beginning of September, health minister Hugo de Jonge has told television current affairs show WNL op Zondag. And like Germany, the Netherlands will use mobile vaccination centres to reach people who may not otherwise get vaccinated, De Jonge said. By Sunday, an estimated 9.1 million doses of vaccine had been given in the Netherlands. In addition, it is a ‘realistic’ to think that before the... More >