Kuta Beach ‘mermaid’ speaks about viral protest over single-use plastics

The woman behind the mermaid costume said she wanted to create this visual content to call people’s attention to the issue of plastic waste and consumption.

Environment

Photo of mermaid on rubbish-filled Kuta beach welcomes Bali’s tidal trash wave this year

Photo of mermaid on rubbish-filled Kuta beach welcomes Bali’s tidal trash wave this year

Here's a "fresh" sight in Bali to welcome the new year.

Russian influencer launches off Bali dock on motorcycle in social media stunt, police investigating

Russian influencer launches off Bali dock on motorcycle in social media stunt, police investigating

A Russian influencer has become the subject of outrage in Bali and throughout Indonesia thanks to his reckless social media stunt.

Hundreds staying put near Mount Ile Lewotolok in eastern Indonesia despite eruption

Hundreds staying put near Mount Ile Lewotolok in eastern Indonesia despite eruption

Mount Ile, located in NTT’s Lembata regency, erupted yesterday morning and released a column of smoke and ash as high as 4,000 meters.

Houses damaged as rare hail fall on Bali, East Lombok

Houses damaged as rare hail fall on Bali, East Lombok

People were caught off guard by the relatively rare weather phenomenon.

Iconic sea arch in Southwest Sumba collapsed because of large waves, quakes: official

Iconic sea arch in Southwest Sumba collapsed because of large waves, quakes: official

The spot is commonly referred to as “Batu Cincin” or “Batu Bolong."

Indonesia sets aside US$7.5 million to build coral reef gardens in Bali

Indonesia sets aside US$7.5 million to build coral reef gardens in Bali

The Indonesian government is setting course to build coral reef gardens in five locations across Bali in hopes of conserving and restoring marine ecosystems around the island.

6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Central Java, tremors felt in Bali

6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Central Java, tremors felt in Bali

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Central Java this morning, with tremors reportedly felt in parts of Bali.

6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of NTB, tremors felt in Bali

6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of NTB, tremors felt in Bali

There has been no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.

Water on Lake Batur turns green, stirring concerns from local fish farmers

Water on Lake Batur turns green, stirring concerns from local fish farmers

Officials suggested that local residents should be careful and refrain from using the water. 


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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.