Life Finds a Way: Birth, loss, and the midwives of the Lombok earthquake

WEST LOMBOK REGENCY — Siti Raudatul Janah’s contractions began the moment the devastating 7.0 earthquake struck Lombok. The Aug. 5 quake, countless aftershocks, and 6.9 temblor that hit last week have resulted in the deaths of at least 555 people and left nearly half a million homeless. The 34-year-old was not due to give birth ...

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Life on the Edge: At home in Mount Agung’s danger zone

Life on the Edge: At home in Mount Agung’s danger zone

Jro Mangku Kari still remembers carefully crossing over lava flows on bamboo poles to get down the slopes of the volcano. It was 1963, the last time Bali’s Mount Agung erupted,...

Drones, volcanoes and the ‘computerization’ of the Earth

Drones, volcanoes and the ‘computerization’ of the Earth

by Adam Fish, Lancaster University The eruption of the Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia has been devastating, particularly for the 55,000 local people who have had to leave their...

Animal rescuers risk going into Bali volcano danger zone to take care of abandoned pets

Animal rescuers risk going into Bali volcano danger zone to take care of abandoned pets

Animal rescuers have been entering Mount Agung’s danger zone daily to care for the thousands of abandoned pets, mainly dogs, left behind by evacuees who have fled their homes in...

Tourists #stuckinBali, but erupting Mount Agung has a deeper significance for the Balinese

Tourists #stuckinBali, but erupting Mount Agung has a deeper significance for the Balinese

According to international media coverage, the main problem with Gunung Agung’s eruption is that the airport was closed and tourists couldn’t get in or out. The people of...

Trump’s global resorts put profit first, environment last, critics say

Trump’s global resorts put profit first, environment last, critics say

Donald Trump’s negative environmental record in Scotland and elsewhere has conservationists concerned in Bali, where Trump firms are developing a major resort and golf facility...

OPINION: Should you still travel to Bali while Mount Agung volcano threatens to erupt?

OPINION: Should you still travel to Bali while Mount Agung volcano threatens to erupt?

With Bali’s Mount Agung volcano at a level IV, red status, the big question everyone seems to be asking right now is “Should I still travel to Bali?”. While...

Refugees in Paradise: A humanitarian crisis on Bali’s Serangan Island

Refugees in Paradise: A humanitarian crisis on Bali’s Serangan Island

Just a stone throw from major tourist attractions and resorts, a small village has suddenly been cast out into the cold, thrown from their homes.

Sacred Rinjani overwhelmed by trekkers’ trash, not just volcanic ash

Sacred Rinjani overwhelmed by trekkers’ trash, not just volcanic ash

Mt. Rinjani, considered sacred by locals in Lombok, is starting to become just as famous for being a trash dump as it is for its breathtaking views. 

The story of Bali’s canang sari commoditization: How those little offerings have changed amidst the island’s booming tourism industry

The story of Bali’s canang sari commoditization: How those little offerings have changed amidst the island’s booming tourism industry

On the Island of the Gods many people are unaware of how canang sari offerings have been commoditized since Bali’s tourism industry exploded. 


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