At least two dead and dozens injured after Lombok quake

At least two people were killed and dozens injured Sunday after an earthquake on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok triggered a landslide, officials said. The 5.5-magnitude quake is thought to have caused the landslide at the Tiu Kelep waterfall in the north of the island. “Two people died in the landslide in the Tiu ...

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Bali’s Mount Agung erupts again, alert level remains the same

Bali’s Mount Agung erupts again, alert level remains the same

East Bali’s Mount Agung is yet to quieten down completely, with two volcanic eruptions recorded yesterday morning (Sun, March, 17) at 8am and 10:30am respectively. According to...

VIDEO: Panicked foreign climbers flee an erupting Agung

VIDEO: Panicked foreign climbers flee an erupting Agung

Three foreign nationals who attempted to climb Bali’s Mount Agung despite authorities’ warnings against doing so, were sent racing back down the slope as the active volcano...

Plans for a waste-to-energy plant at Suwung underway, mangroves likely to be uprooted

Plans for a waste-to-energy plant at Suwung underway, mangroves likely to be uprooted

The plan to build a waste-to-energy plant (PLTSa) at the Suwung landfill or ‘final disposal site,’ (TPA) in Serangan, continues to move forward. With construction for the...

Tailbacks at Suwung landfill cause Denpasar dumps to overflow

Tailbacks at Suwung landfill cause Denpasar dumps to overflow

Kreneng temporary garbage dump (TPS) in Denpasar is just one of many similar sites that has been experiencing collection delays over the past weeks. Yesterday, the trash mound at...

Komodo Island will be closed to visitors for one year starting in 2020: NTT government

Komodo Island will be closed to visitors for one year starting in 2020: NTT government

If you have your heart set of seeing a dragon in 2020, tourists will still be able to find them on other islands in Komodo National Park.

Wild macaques venture into Bali homes, allegedly due to development along the Ayung River

Wild macaques venture into Bali homes, allegedly due to development along the Ayung River

The rise in development near the Ayung River in Gianyar seems to have disturbed the long-tailed macaques that live in the area. Troops of monkeys have started to infiltrate...

Trash Attack: Bali’s beaches are the worst they’ve been in 10 years, say authorities

Trash Attack: Bali’s beaches are the worst they’ve been in 10 years, say authorities

Every year, the wet season rains exasperate Bali’s garbage issues, washing up large quantities of organic and non-organic junk onto its shores. But according to the Badung...

Bali government gains support from 5 Indonesian ministries for 10-dollar tourist tax

Bali government gains support from 5 Indonesian ministries for 10-dollar tourist tax

The Bali provincial government claims to have already gotten the go-ahead from five national ministries concerning their proposed ten-dollar tourist tax. According to a report by...

Torrential downpours cause dangerous landslides in Tabanan

Torrential downpours cause dangerous landslides in Tabanan

Heavy rain throughout Monday and early Tuesday resulted in several landslides in Bali’s Tabanan Regency, the most severe culminating in a house collapsing into the Yeh Panan...


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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.