Vanilla is a sought-after and expensive spice. But even as demand soars, poor harvests have put a dent in supply. That’s prompted Wageningen University in the Netherlands to experiment with growing natural vanilla in its greenhouses.
An appeals court in the Netherlands has ruled that the Dutch government must do more to reduce greenhouse emissions. The ruling on a lawsuit brought by environmentalists follows a dire warning from climate scientists.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte gave a clear yes to the EU, but a clear no to German and French reform proposals during his speech at the European Parliament. Throwing money at the problem is not a solution, he argued.
Leeuwarden in the northern Netherlands and Malta's capital Valletta are the European Cultural Capitals of 2018. Their approaches to culture, however, could hardly differ more.
If one flower has become synonymous with Valentine's Day, it's the rose. The fragrant blooms are everywhere, from 24-hour gas stations to fancy florists. But their pervasiveness begs a question: How green is my red rose?
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