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Netherlands: How a country embraced the river it feared
2 January 2023 - When the Waal River floods near the Netherlands' border with Germany, the overflow inundates the Millingerwaard nature reserve, swamping meadows, glades and trails. Beavers move up into the trees and build temporary homes. The current reshapes the landscape, eroding gullies and leaving new ponds in its wake. This isn't disaster. It's design. (more)

Why Dutch 'bike banks' are a game changer for kids
30 November 2022 - In a society geared towards the humble bicycle, riding one is just part of everyday life. The cost-of-living crisis has resulted in a surge of families in the Netherlands turning to bike banks to ensure their children are not left behind. The Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB has created a scheme which transforms discarded second-hand bikes into cycle-path worthy condition. (more)

The floating solar panels that track the Sun
17 November 2022 - In the search to find space for large solar arrays, many countries are looking to floating systems. Now the Netherlands is taking this one step further, with water-based arrays that follow the Sun. (more)

IKEA's home deliveries will be fully electric by 2025, CEO says
4 November 2022 - IKEA's home deliveries will be made by electric vehicles by 2025 as part of a target at the world's No.1 furniture brand to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next eight years, CEO Jesper Brodin said on Monday [3 October]. In an interview at the Reuters IMPACT conference, Brodin said some cities were already fully electric for home deliveries, and many were working hard to build the infrastructure needed. (more)

Dutch students devise carbon-eating electric vehicle
14 September 2022 - The sporty all-electric car from the Netherlands resembles a BMW coupe, but is unique: It captures more carbon than it emits. 'Our end goal is to create a more sustainable future,' said Jens Lahaije, finance manager for TU/ecomotive, the Eindhoven University of Technology student team that created the car. (more)

The Amsterdam Rijksmuseum will unite two iconic Vermeer paintings
8 September 2022 - The Amsterdam Rijksmuseum will unite two iconic paintings from Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer early next year -- The Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Milkmaid. In an unprecedented blockbuster exhibit starting in February, the most famous museum in the Netherlands will bring together 27 of the 35 known paintings of the 17th-century artist who had the uncanny genius of letting a soothing inner light exude from his canvas. (more)

Dutch city of Haarlem may be world's first to ban most meat ads
6 September 2022 - Haarlem in The Netherlands is set to ban most meat ads from public spaces because of the food's climate impact. In what is thought to be the first such move by a city, it will enforce the ban from 2024. (more)

'Incredibly promising': the bubble barrier extracting plastic from a Dutch river
9 August 2022 - Five years ago, Claar-els van Delft began to suspect that plastic waste on the beach at Katwijk in the Netherlands did not come from visitors, or the sea, but from the mouth of a nearby river. Fast forward to July 2022, and Katwijk is the site for the world's first river 'bubble barrier' -- an experimental concept where a 120-meter stream of rising bubbles, plus the water current, pushes plastic waste to one side in order to be collected. (more)

Lightyear 0 solar-assisted car will go into production this year
16 June 2022 - Dutch company Lightyear has announced that this fall it will start making the world's first production car fitted with solar panels. The Lightyear 0 will have curved solar panels in its roof, hood, and trunk that top up the electric battery as it drives (or remains parked) and the first delivery in Europe could be as early as November. (more)

Tulips for Amsterdam: Growers hand out free flowers
15 January 2022 - As stores in Amsterdam and across the Netherlands cautiously reopened after weeks of being under a coronavirus lockdown, the Dutch capital's mood was lightened further Saturday [15 January] by dashes of color from thousands of free bunches of tulips being handed out. National Tulip Day is held each year to celebrate the start of the growing season for the iconic flowers. Organizers this year took to Amsterdam's World Heritage-listed canals to hand out their flowers. (more)


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Holland: 4th International Ayurveda Congress to convene in Leiden, 1-2 September
26 August 2018 - The Fourth International Ayurveda Congress will convene this weekend, 1-2 September at Leiden, the Netherlands. The theme of this Congress is to establish and promote Ayurveda in the areas of education, research, training, practice, and products in the West. The Congress presents a platform for all leading Ayurveda organizations worldwide and leaders in various fields of Ayurveda. Scholars in Ayurveda, experts in herbal medicine, and research scientists from around the world will present scientific evidence on preventing disease, promoting longevity, and treating chronic disorders using an integrative approach. (more)

4th International Ayurveda Congress announced: September 2018, Leiden, Netherlands
24 March 2018 - Inspired by an epic 17th century Dutch treatise on medicinal plants of South India, called Hortus Malabaricus - the 4th International Ayurveda Congress in Leiden, Netherlands, will connect India, The Netherlands, and Europe through their rich botanical heritage, while also presenting the therapeutic potential of plants and natural approaches to health in Ayurveda and traditional European remedies. The scientific approach of Ayurveda as a prevention-oriented healthcare system will also be presented. Conference organizers are: International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation and Maharishi European Research University, Netherlands, and All India Ayurvedic Congress and International Academy of Ayurveda in India. 'On the foundation of scientific research, we are rebuilding the 340-year-old golden bridge of herbal medicines linking India with Europe,' organizers said. (more)

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)


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Microplastics found in human blood for first time
24 March 2022 - Microplastic pollution has been detected in human blood for the first time, with scientists finding the tiny particles in almost 80% of the people tested. The discovery shows the particles can travel around the body and may lodge in organs. The impact on health is as yet unknown. But researchers are concerned as microplastics cause damage to human cells in the laboratory and air pollution particles are already known to enter the body and cause millions of early deaths a year. (more)

Study: Dust near Dutch steel plant 'undesirable' for youths
2 September 2021 - The future of steel production at a sprawling plant west of Amsterdam was called into question Thursday [2 September] after an investigation found elevated levels of lead and other deposits in dust falling in nearby residential areas. ... Residents near the Tata Steel plant have long voiced health concerns linked to dust produced by the production. (more)

Heatwave caused nearly 400 more deaths in Netherlands: stats agency
9 August 2019 - Almost 400 people more died in the Netherlands during Europe's recent record-breaking heatwave than in a regular summer week, Dutch national statistics agency CBS said on Friday [9 August]. ...The heatwave was the second to hit Europe in a month, and climate specialists warn such bursts of heat may become more common as the planet warms up due to greenhouse gas emissions. (more)

Dutch firm generates buzz with big fly larvae farm
11 June 2019 - Tiny fly larvae have Dutch firm Protix thinking big as it looks to produce enough fish food to generate 100 million servings of salmon a year. On Tuesday [11 June], the company opened one of the largest known farms dedicated to producing insects for use in animal feed, as it looks to boost output of cheap, environmentally friendly protein. (more)

Dutch company gets funding to bring lab-grown meat to market
17 July 2018 - A Dutch company that presented the world's first lab-grown beef burger five years ago said Tuesday (17 July) it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to restaurants from 2021. Mosa Meat said it raised 7.5 million euros ($8.8 million), mainly from M Ventures and Bell Food Group. M Ventures is an investment vehicle for German pharmaceuticals company Merck KGaA. Bell Food is a European meat processing company based in Switzerland. (more)

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)

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