Dennis van Berkel, an attorney with the Dutch environmental group Urgenda, stands on an earthen berm on the outskirts of Amsterdam. The water is higher than the land on the other side of the berm. A Dutch court ruled in favor of Urgenda on Wednesday, saying the Dutch government must cut carbon emissions by 25 percent. Environmental groups in other countries were closely watching the case. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Much of the Netherlands is below sea level, including Amsterdam. Urgenda argues that any rise in the sea level could have a huge impact on the country. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Flowers lay on the tarmac as a ground Hercules transport aircraft of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, carrying bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, prepared to take off Wednesday in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Sergey Bobok /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte shake hands in front of Rembrandt's Night Watch after speaking to the press following meetings at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on Monday. Which artwork in the museum best captures the current global mood? Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama tours the Rijksmusuem with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (left) and others ahead of the G-7 summit in The Hague, Netherlands, which is certain to focus on the situation in Crimea. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Relatives of Rizo Mustafic react after the Dutch Supreme Court ruled the Netherlands was responsible for the deaths of Mustafic and two other Bosnian Muslim men during the Srebrenica massacre in 1995. Martijn Beekman/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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A chocolate cake is shaped like Europe, with new EU members Romania and Bulgaria (far right), at a welcoming ceremony for their entry into the bloc on Dec. 14, 2006. Curbs on the movement of citizens of the two countries end on Jan. 1, raising fears in Western Europe of an influx of Bulgarian and Romanian workers. Thierry Charlier/AP hide caption

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Tourists in Amsterdam wear orange Monday, one day before the investiture of the new Dutch king. Queen Beatrix, who ruled the Netherlands for 33 years, announced her abdication from the throne earlier this year. Marcel Antonisse/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A young man with a joint in his left hand jokes with the photographer as he passes a sign prohibiting the use of marijuana and alcohol, in a designated area in Amsterdam on Wednesday. The city's mayor says students would be formally banned from smoking marijuana at school as of Jan. 1, 2013. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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