Forest Fire Season in Bali: Fire breaks out at Mount Abang

Forest fires have been popping up left and right in Bali as the dry season persists, the latest on the island’s Mount Abang in Bangli Regency. The flames in a protected forest area above Trunyan Village was reportedly put out on Sunday, but land further out is still smoking, according to Bangli Regional Police. “The ...

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UN chief tours Indonesia’s tsunami-hit Palu as survivors pray

UN chief tours Indonesia’s tsunami-hit Palu as survivors pray

Thousands of survivors of a devastating quake-tsunami prayed Friday by the shores of disaster-struck Palu, as the UN chief praised their “resilience” during a tour of...

Bali Volcano Fires: Forest fire on Mount Agung slopes still burns, flames at Batur extinguished

Bali Volcano Fires: Forest fire on Mount Agung slopes still burns, flames at Batur extinguished

It’s been dry in Bali lately, which has made it difficult to fully put out forest fires that have been burning on two of the island’s volcanos. Firefighters are...

IMF gathers in Bali: Key facts and figures from the Indonesia meeting

IMF gathers in Bali: Key facts and figures from the Indonesia meeting

The world’s financial elite are gathering in the Indonesian holiday island Bali for talks with trade spats and emerging markets crises topping the agenda. Here are some...

3 dead as strong 6.0 quake shakes Indonesia’s Java, Bali

3 dead as strong 6.0 quake shakes Indonesia’s Java, Bali

The victims in East Java’s Sumenep district perished after being crushed by collapsed buildings, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

5,000 believed missing in two hard-hit Indonesian quake zones: Official

5,000 believed missing in two hard-hit Indonesian quake zones: Official

As many as 5,000 people are believed missing from the quake and tsunami that struck Indonesia’s Palu city, an official said Sunday, an indication that far more may have...

Aid pours into quake-tsunami stricken Indonesian town of Palu

Aid pours into quake-tsunami stricken Indonesian town of Palu

Aid poured into disaster-ravaged Palu on Sunday after days of delays as efforts ramped up to reach 200,000 people in desperate need following a deadly quake-tsunami in the...

Searching for home in Palu village swallowed by devastating quake, tsunami

Searching for home in Palu village swallowed by devastating quake, tsunami

Stepping gingerly through the pulverized remnants of her Indonesian village, Nonlis Kando spotted a white shoebox imprinted with neon red lips sticking up from the ruins, and...

Indonesia mulls leaving quake-flattened villages as mass graves

Indonesia mulls leaving quake-flattened villages as mass graves

More bodies were unearthed from the earthquake-and-tsunami-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu on Saturday, as authorities move closer to calling off the search for the dead trapped...

Children born aboard floating hospital in Sulawesi quake-tsunami aftermath

Children born aboard floating hospital in Sulawesi quake-tsunami aftermath

Dinar was lucky to survive the Indonesian quake-tsunami that leveled her home. But she didn’t have much time to count her blessings — she was nine months pregnant and...


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Coconuts Bali Environment

Situated on the Ring of Fire and a part of “volcano country”, Bali is unfortunately disaster prone. Erupting volcanoes from neighboring islands (most usually Lombok’s Mt. Rinjani) have often and recently spewed volcanic ash clouds in Bali’s direction, ultimately messing with flights and leaving loads of travelers stranded in Bali (not that that’s the worst thing). But volcanoes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to natural disaster potential on the island. Do not forget earthquakes, tsunamis, king tides, flooding, and landslides. Some of these are more common than others. Besides natural disasters, environment stories in Bali often have to do with Bali’s threatened ecosystem. If you’ve ever been on a Bali beach, especially during rainy season, then you’ll know that garbage disposal is a major challenge here. Non biodegradable plastic in the form of water bottles and instant noodles packaging gets cast into the ocean or burnt in toxic trash fires. Perhaps the biggest environmental issues facing Bali at the moment though is a political one. The reclamation mega-project proposed for South Bali’s Benoa Bay has been called a major environmental calamity waiting to happen. Artificial islands built in the bay to house more hotels (because there aren’t enough hotels in Bali) would destroy the precious mangrove ecosystem, which many believe would result in the flooding of village upon village.