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Organic farming and solar power set to combine in Netherlands-based pilot project
24 July 2021 - Swedish energy firm Vattenfall has been given a permit to build a project in the Netherlands that plans to combine solar power with [organic] farming, in the latest example of how renewables and agriculture can potentially dovetail with one another. (more)

Court orders Shell to slash CO2 emissions in landmark climate ruling
27 June 2021 - A Dutch court has ruled that Royal Dutch Shell must dramatically reduce its carbon emissions in a landmark climate decision that could have far reaching consequences for oil companies. The company must slash its CO2 emissions by 45 percent by 2030 from 2019 levels, according to a judgment from a district court in The Hague on Wednesday [26 May]. That includes emissions from its own operations and from the energy products it sells. (more)

In a landmark case, a Dutch court orders Shell to cut its carbon emissions faster
27 June 2021 - A Dutch court ruled Wednesday [26 May] that Royal Dutch Shell must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent by 2030, based on 2019 levels. The decision comes after scientists have said most of the known fossil fuel reserves will have to be left in the ground to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Royal Dutch Shell is based in The Hague, where the case was heard. (more)

A 'Bubble Barrier' is trapping plastic waste before it can get into the sea
14 June 2021 - What do old televisions, street signs, motorbike helmets, windsurf boards, and Christmas trees have in common? They were all caught floating down Amsterdam's Westerdok canal -- by a curtain of bubbles. 'The Bubble Barrier' was developed as a simple way to stop plastic pollution flowing from waterways into the ocean. An air compressor sends air through a perforated tube running diagonally across the bottom of the canal, creating a stream of bubbles that traps waste and guides it to a catchment system. (more)

What the Dutch can teach the world about remote work
25 June 2020 - While the percentage of employed persons usually working remotely before the coronavirus outbreak lingered at around 4.7 percent in the UK, and 3.6 percent in the US, 14.1 percent of the Netherland's workforce reports usually working away from the office. The Netherlands has long led the global shift toward remote work, with only Finland catching up in recent years while other countries lag behind. (more)

Dutch donors join global effort on plasma treatment for coronavirus
20 May 2020 - Medical researchers in the Netherlands have signed up 1,500 people who have recovered from the new coronavirus to donate blood as part of an international push to develop a treatment for the virus from their plasma. Survivors of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, are generally left with blood containing antibodies or proteins made by the body's immune system to fight off the virus. The blood component that carries the antibodies can be collected and given to newly infected patients. (more)

A Dutch flower farm spelled out a special message for tourists missing the annual tulip blooms
30 April 2020 - Every year, tourists descend on the Netherlands to revel in the bright and colorful tulip fields. But with coronavirus putting many travel plans on hold, tourists have been notably absent this year. That's why Dutch Daffodils, a Dutch family flower farm, and Tulips in Holland, a travel blog dedicated to the tulips in the Netherlands, teamed up to create a special message for those sad about missing the flowers this year. (more)

Orchestra plays Beethoven 9th from their homes
22 March 2020 - The Rotterdam Philharmonic teamed up with a Dutch healthcare provider to film the finale of Beethoven's 9th with all the musicians playing their parts by video from their homes. UPDATE: And now they're being challenged by the Toronto Symphony. (more)

Amsterdam's boats go electric ahead of 2025 diesel ban
3 March 2020 - The century-old Amsterdam canal boat Gerarda Johanna looks like a classic with wood paneling, but beneath its floorboards lies a high-tech underbelly: rows of lithium ion batteries ... with an electric drive train powering its propeller. The transition among commercial vessels is well underway, with 75 percent of the 550 on the city's water qualifying as emissions free, according to city spokesman Wouter Keuning. (more)

Netherlands' $515 billion pension fund to accelerate cuts to fossil fuel investments
3 February 2020 - The Netherlands' biggest pension fund, ABP, said on Monday [3 February] it aims to reduce the carbon footprint of its asset portfolio by 40 percent from 2015 levels by 2025. (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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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)

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)

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