Bali archaeologists find Japanese WWII shipwreck on Flores dive

Bali archeologists made an amazing find during dive in eastern Indonesian island of Flores this month: a shipwreck likely belonging to the Japanese army in the World War II era. The findings were a part of a study being conducted by the Bali Archaeological Institute from May 8 to May 23, near Wairterang Beach, Sikka ...

Environment

International coal conference in Bali has environmentalists concerned

International coal conference in Bali has environmentalists concerned

Some of the Asian coal industry’s biggest players powwowed in Bali this week, much to the dismay of activists looking to protect public health and defend the island’s natural...

Bali’s Mount Agung erupts again, flights not affected

Bali’s Mount Agung erupts again, flights not affected

Bali’s Mount Agung shot volcanic ash up into the air on Monday night, erupting after weeks of silence, but the volcano’s renewed activity did not affect flights and has not...

Study finds Lovina Beach and West Bali National Park, local communities under threat if coal power plant expanded

Study finds Lovina Beach and West Bali National Park, local communities under threat if coal power plant expanded

Plans to expand Bali’s Celukan Bawang power plant threaten to ravage the island’s Lovina Beach and West Bali National Park, cautions a study publicized this week, accompanied...

Trouble in Paradise: Tourism surge lashes Southeast Asia’s beaches

Trouble in Paradise: Tourism surge lashes Southeast Asia’s beaches

by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA with Joe FREEMAN in Bangkok and AFP bureau Hordes of tourists clamber across the white sand with selfie sticks as Thai park rangers wade into turquoise...

Tourist’s complaint of stink triggers shutdown of unofficial landfill in Bukit, Bali

Tourist’s complaint of stink triggers shutdown of unofficial landfill in Bukit, Bali

Land being used as a dumping ground in Bali’s Bukit area is getting blocked off after complaints from a tourist about the stench in the area launched an investigation and found...

Police investigate slaughtering of dolphin in Bali after graphic photos go viral

Police investigate slaughtering of dolphin in Bali after graphic photos go viral

Photos of a chopped up dolphin in Bali gone viral have prompted a police investigation looking into the animal’s death. Two men have been taken into custody in the island’s...

Diver films rubbish wasteland in Bali waters (VIDEO)

Diver films rubbish wasteland in Bali waters (VIDEO)

Millions of tourists are drawn to Bali’s palm-fringed scenery and rich marine life, but a British diver has released stark footage highlighting a growing problem in its...

IDR27 trillion North Bali airport project up in the air

IDR27 trillion North Bali airport project up in the air

Indonesia’s Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi says he’s still evaluating the development plan for a IDR27 trillion (US$1.9 billion) project that would see the...

5.0 earthquake shakes Bali, no tsunami potential: BMKG

5.0 earthquake shakes Bali, no tsunami potential: BMKG

A 5.0 earthquake gave Bali a shake on Wednesday morning, but the quake did not trigger a tsunami warning, says Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG)....


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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.