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Water wizards: Dutch flood expertise is big export business
12 November 2017 - The Dutch government teamed up earlier this year with Japan and the U. N. Environment Program to create a Global Center of Excellence on Climate Adaptation in the Netherlands that will be formally launched Tuesday on the sidelines of the Bonn conference. Housing the water expertise center in the Netherlands was a no-brainer. ...The Dutch struggle to keep the country dry has been a constant fact of life for centuries. The Dutch government earmarks 1 billion euros ($1.16 billion) per year to keep up its defenses against high water. But while the costs are high, expertise and technology developed by the Dutch are becoming increasingly valuable commodities. (more)

Dutch team wins Australia solar-powered car race 7th time
12 October 2017 - A Dutch team won a solar-powered car race across Australia for a seventh time Thursday 12 October), with a University of Michigan car taking second place in the biennial event. The Nuon team's Nuna 9 car averaged more than 80 kph (50 mph) to reach the World Solar Challenge finish line in the southern coastal city of Adelaide after five days of racing across 3,022 kilometers (1,878 miles) of Outback highway from Darwin in the north. This year's race attracted 95 teams from more than 20 countries. It marks 30 years since the first World Solar Challenge in 1987. (more)

Netherlands: If you build it, the Dutch will pedal
6 September 2017 - Utrecht, with 330,000 residents, is the Netherlands' fourth-largest and fastest-growing city. It is also one of the most bike-friendly places in one of the world's most bike-friendly countries. Elsewhere in the Netherlands, more than a quarter of all trips are made by bicycle, and the federal government has been building up the country's bike infrastructure over the last decade, despite cuts in other sectors. (more)

Netherlands: This tiny country feeds the world
31 August 2017 - Almost two decades ago, the Dutch made a national commitment to sustainable agriculture under the rallying cry 'Twice as much food using half as many resources.' Since 2000, Dutch farmer van den Borne and many of his fellow farmers have reduced dependence on water for key crops by as much as 90 per cent. They've almost completely eliminated the use of chemical pesticides on plants in greenhouses, and since 2009 Dutch poultry and livestock producers have cut their use of antibiotics by as much as 60 per cent. (more)

Netherlands: Unemployment dips below 5%, lowest since summer 2011
20 July 2017 - Unemployment in the Netherlands fell to 4.9 per cent in June, the lowest level since the summer of 2011, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday, 20 July. Jobless numbers have fallen by an average 5,000 a month for the past three months. (more)

New electric London cabs to make foreign debut in Amsterdam
11 July 2017 - A new electric version of London's classic cabs will be exported to Amsterdam next year, its first overseas market, and the firm could source the batteries in Britain, the head of the Chinese-owned London Taxi Company (LTC) told Reuters on Tuesday, 11 July. Chief Executive Chris Gubbey said the firm had picked the Netherlands as its first export market due to its receptiveness to new technology and the new model's compatibility with the needs of disabled people, including its ramp and high roof. 'It is a city that is very progressive in terms of protecting and improving its air quality,' he told Reuters. (more)

Google to power Dutch data center with solar energy
7 July 2017 - Google will purchase all the electricity generated by the largest solar park in the Netherlands over the next decade to power a recently opened data center housing thousands of servers, the U.S. internet company and energy provider Eneco said on Friday, 7 July. The Eemshaven data center, which ... opened in 2016, is one of four Google operates in Europe. (more)

Dutch design breakthrough fast tracks oceans clean-up plan
11 May 2017 - A Dutch engineer aiming to clean up vast ocean 'garbage patches'of plastic Thursday (11 May) unveiled a radical design breakthrough, enabling his ambitious project to start two years early. Boyan Slat's innovative scheme seeks to use ocean currents to help gather up an estimated five trillion pieces of plastic . . . from the planet's waters. (more)

Dutch group says it will soon start cleaning up ocean trash
11 May 2017 - A Dutch foundation aiming to rid the world's oceans of plastic waste says it will start cleaning up the huge area ... known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within the next 12 months, two years earlier than planned. (more)

Stolen Van Gogh paintings back in Amsterdam after 14 years
21 March 2017 - Two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh were unveiled, barely damaged, at an Amsterdam museum on Tuesday, 14 years after they were stolen in a mafia heist. The works ... are from a period that was crucial to the post-impressionist master's development as a painter. 'They are back,' said Van Gogh museum director Axel Rueger ahead of the unveiling of the paintings, each valued by investigators on their recovery by Italian police six months ago at 50 million euros ($53.97 million). 'I never thought I'd be able to say these words.' (more)


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Report on Alliance of Women Scientists, 2014
4 December 2014 - The Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars for a Better World is a collective of women scientists, scholars, and students who share a common goal of using their knowledge and expertise to create a better world. Chairwoman Leslee Goldstein reports on the Fourth International Conference of the Alliance that was held from 21 to 24 July 2014. The theme of the conference was: The World is as We Are: Culturing the Inner and Outer Environment to Realize Our Full Human Potential. (more)

Netherlands: 21 architects complete advanced training in Maharishi Vastu Architecture
14 August 2014 - Twenty-one architects recently completed a post-graduate, professional training course on Maharishi Vastu architecture, held in the Netherlands. The participants, who are based in 13 countries around the world, came to Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in Holland to take the Maharishi Vastu Architect Training Course. The two-month intensive course was part of a comprehensive programme of training in Maharishi Vastu architecture, offered in three phases over the last several years by the Institute for Vedic Architecture and City Planning. (more)

International Ayurveda Conference to offer optional courses in Transcendental Meditation, Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis, aroma therapy - April 2015, Netherlands
13 August 2014 - Organizers of the International Ayurveda Conference, to be hosted by Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Netherlands in April 2015, have arranged for several optional courses to be offered for attendees, during the conference or in a special extension following the main conference dates. These include: the opportunity to learn Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Ayur-Veda Pulse Diagnosis (Nadi Pariksha), and an Introduction to Maharishi Aroma Therapy. (more)

Netherlands: Distinguished experts to helm International Ayurveda Conference - April 2015
9 August 2014 - A distinguished group of experts in Ayurveda--the time-tested, natural, prevention-oriented, and holistic health care system of ancient India--will guide the first-of-its-kind International Ayurveda Conference hosted by Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in Holland next April 2015. Conference Presidents and other officials include renowned Vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) from India and heads of leading institutions of Ayurvedic knowledge, training, and practice such as the International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation, the All India Ayurvedic Congress, and the International Academy of Ayurveda. (more)

Leading institutions organizing April 2015 International Ayurveda Conference in Holland
5 August 2014 - The International Ayurveda Conference to be held in April 2015 at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Netherlands is being organized jointly by the International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation for Health Professionals, the All India Ayurvedic Congress, and the International Academy of Ayurveda in Pune, India. (more)

Holland: International Ayurveda Conference planned for April, 2015
31 July 2014 - Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Netherlands will host an International Ayurveda Conference in April 2015. The conference will offer 'scientific, time-tested and effective solutions for the major health problems of our time'. This conference will be a first of its kind: it will illuminate the time-tested knowledge of Ayurveda--the natural, prevention-oriented, and holistic health care system of ancient India--with the most up-to-date insights of modern science. New research showing the intimate relationship between consciousness and physiology will be presented--locating the inner healing intelligence of the physiology. The conference is jointly organized by the International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation for Health Professionals, the All India Ayurvedic Congress, and the International Academy of Ayurveda in Pune, India. (more)

New Nepalese teachers of Transcendental Meditation bring Consciousness-Based Education to local schools
25 July 2014 - Nepal, with a population of 27.5 million, needs 600 practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi programme in order to create invincibility for the country. Progress toward invincibility during this last year includes 1551 new practitioners Transcendental Meditation, 22 new practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi programme, and 21 new Teachers of Transcendental Meditation. Fifteen from Nepal took the Consciousness-Based Education Training course, which teaches participants how to establish and manage the Consciousness-Based Education programme in schools in their country. Four schoolteachers from different Nepalese schools attended the course at Maharishi European Research University (MERU), Netherlands, during the summer. (more)

Netherlands: International health professionals' training courses highlight primary importance of consciousness
25 June 2014 - The Album of Events page of Global Good News is currently featuring a series of photos illustrating recent training courses for health professionals at MERU (Maharishi European Research University) in the Netherlands. One course was the first basic course of training in Panchakarma (Maharishi Ayur-Veda purification and rejuvenation therapy) for health professionals to be offered in 20 years. The second course, with 27 participants from around the world, brought out advanced knowledge for very experienced Maharishi Ayur-Veda physicians who have been offering Panchakarma treatments in leading health clinics in their countries. (more)

Netherlands: Maharishi European Research University greenhouse inaugurated
2 June 2014 - The completion of a large new greenhouse at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in the Netherlands is an important achievement in the direction of sustainability and self-sufficiency, reported Dr Peter Swan, who created a popular course in Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture and has taught it in many countries. The greenhouse at MERU will become the centre for a Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture teaching programme as well as a living example that people can visit to learn more about the principles of Vedic agriculture, he said. (more)

Erfurt, Germany: Peace Palace offers hands-on course in Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture
9 May 2014 - At the Maharishi Peace Palace in Erfurt, Germany, participants in a Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture course created and taught by expert Dr Peter Swan, planted 150 square metres of 'no-till' potatoes as their class project. Research has shown that potatoes grown using the no-till method yield up to 17 per cent more than those grown via conventional methods. One theme Dr Swan emphasized throughout was the importance of organic agriculture and eating organic food in order to be healthy and have a clear mind. He also noted that Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture encompasses the adoption of new techniques being discovered in modern organic agriculture--such as the no-till method--that have been proven scientifically to be more effective than those used previously. (more)


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Netherlands: Lack of motivation an issue at schools
15 April 2015 - Many Dutch secondary school pupils take no pleasure in learning and experience education as something they have to go through, according to a new report by chief inspector Annette Roeters. Four in 10 teachers in the first three years of secondary school say they are not able to motivate theThis lack of motivation plays across the entire school spectrum and many teachers admit being unable to enthuse their pupils about learning, the report states. (more)

One in 10 Dutch students uses drugs to aid concentration
9 April 2015 - One in 10 Dutch students uses some form of drug to improve their performance, broadcaster Nos says on Thursday. The most popular is Ritalin, used by people with attention deficit disorder ADHD. Amphetamines and Adderall, also used to treat ADHD, are other popular drugs (more)

Dutch youngsters take more and stronger party drugs
23 February 2015 - Dutch youngsters are taking drugs like ecstasy more often when they go out and the drugs themselves are becoming stronger, according to new research by the Trimbos institute. Youngsters say they take drugs to escape social pressures and to avoid becoming adults and making life choices, the Trimbos research found. They also claim the threshold to taking drugs has been lowered by social media and the internet. (more)

Decline in birds, not just bees, linked to neonicotinoid pesticides
14 July 2014 - It's not just the bees that are harmed by controversial crop pesticides called neonicotinoids -- the birds are also disappearing in places where there are high concentrations of the pesticide in the environment, a new study suggests. The study led by researchers at Radboud University in the Netherlands compared concentrations of the neonicotinoid pesticide imidacloprid measured in lakes and other surface waters around the Netherlands to local changes in 15 farmland bird species from 2003 to 2010. They found that in areas where concentrations of the pesticide were more than 20 nanograms per litre, populations of birds such as barn swallows, tree sparrow and common starlings fell 3.5 per cent a year, compared to the average population trend for their species. Neonicotinoids act as a neurotoxin for insects, but previous studies have shown they're not very toxic to birds. Because of that, the Dutch researchers think the decline in birds is probably due to pesticides unintentionally killing off the insects they rely on to feed their young during the breeding season. (more)

Second Silent Spring? Bird declines linked to popular pesticides
9 July 2014 - Pesticides don't just kill pests. New research out of the Netherlands provides compelling evidence linking a widely used class of insecticides to population declines across 14 species of birds. Those insecticides, called neonicotinoids, have been in the news lately due to the way they hurt bees and other pollinators. This new paper, published online Wednesday in Nature, gets at another angle of the story-the way these chemicals can indirectly affect other creatures in the ecosystem. Scientists from Radboud University in Nijmegen and the Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology and Birdlife Netherlands (SOVON) compared long-term data sets for both farmland bird populations and chemical concentrations in surface water. They found that in areas where water contained high concentrations of imidacloprid-a common neonicotinoid pesticide-bird populations tended to decline by an average of 3.5 per cent annually. (more)

Sleepless nights raise brain levels of Alzheimer's protein: study
3 June 2014 - After a night of no sleep, even a healthy brain has higher than normal levels of the protein that forms the signature tangles in Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study from the Netherlands. 'We think normal healthy sleep helps reduce the amount of (amyloid) beta in the brain and if your sleep is disturbed this decrease is prevented,' said the study's senior author Dr Jurgen Claassen, from Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen (Netherlands). In people who repeatedly fail to get a good night's sleep, the amyloid-beta concentration may build up and could be one factor in the development of Alzheimer's disease, he said. Distinct from other forms of dementia, Alzheimer's is partly defined by accumulations in the brain of the amyloid-beta protein. The cause of Alzheimer's disease is not known, but the amyloid-beta plaques have long been thought to play an important role. Claassen and his colleagues point out in JAMA Neurology that studies on mice have found decreases in the amount of amyloid-beta in healthy animals' brains after a good night's sleep. That suggests sleep plays a role in cleaning out the protein overnight. (more)

Bullying among kids tied to suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts
10 March 2014 - School children who are bullied are more than twice as likely to think about killing themselves and to make suicide attempts as their peers who aren't bullied, according to a new analysis. Researchers also found that cyberbullying, such as harassment over the Internet, was more closely linked to suicidal thoughts than in-person bullying. 'We found that suicidal thoughts and attempted suicides are significantly related to bullying, a highly prevalent behaviour among adolescents,' Mitch van Geel told Reuters Health in an email. He said it's estimated that between 15 and 20 per cent of children and teens are involved in bullying as the perpetrator, victim, or both. (more)

Study links steroid-dependent asthma to depression
7 February 2014 - People with severe asthma who rely on prednisone are more than three times more likely to be depressed than those with severe cases who don't use prednisone and those with mild to moderate asthma, according to a new study from The Netherlands. Prednisone-dependent asthma patients 'deserve' screening for depression and anxiety, the authors say, both to alleviate their suffering and possibly improve their physical health through mental health treatment. 'There's a well-established connection with asthma, as well as chronic illness in general, and higher reports of depression than the general population,' Dr. Rebecca Hashim told Reuters Health. Prednisone is a steroid anti-inflammatory medication used to treat asthma attacks, often among people with severe symptoms. Previous research has linked steroid use to depression and other mood problems. And links in both directions have been found between depression and the severity of asthma symptoms. (more)

Study links insecticide use to invertebrate die-offs
1 May 2013 - The world's most widely used insecticide is devastating dragonflies, snails and other water-based species, a groundbreaking Dutch study has revealed. On Monday, the insecticide and two others were banned for two years from use on some crops across the European Union, due to the risk posed to bees and other pollinators, on which many food crops rely. However, much tougher action in the form of a total worldwide ban is needed, according to the scientist who led the new study. (more)

Psychiatric drugs tied to falls in the elderly
8 February 2013 - Seniors taking psychiatric drugs may be at extra high risk for falling, new Dutch research suggests. Of about 400 elderly people in the study, those who took medications including antidepressants and antipsychotics were twice as likely to report having fallen three or more times in the previous year, researchers found. Seniors are especially vulnerable to falls, which at their worst can cause hip fractures, head injuries, or death. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20,000 US seniors died in 2009 as a result of injuries from falls. 'If possible (psychiatric drugs) should be avoided for elderly patients with other risk factors for falling,' Astrid van Strien, of University Medical Centre, Utrecht, and colleagues wrote in the journal Maturitas. (more)

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