Illegal sand mining rampant in West Bali: report

Illegal sand mining is apparently going on unabated in Jembrana, West Bali The sand, mined from the region’s beaches, is sold not only to Bali, but also onwards to Java, according to reports “Illegal miners are emboldened They used to only dredge at night, but now they just do it during the day,” a local resident of Pekutan Village, who wished not to be named, told Antara Bali The resident said that...

Environment

Bali’s ‘Biggest-Ever Beach Clean Up’ clears an estimated 40 tons of garbage from across the island

The Bali Green School students powering the group Bye Bye Plastic Bags (BBPB) seem to have made Bali history, throwing the island’s “biggest-ever” beach cleanup on Sunday...

Bali’s ‘Biggest-Ever Beach Clean Up’ clears an estimated 40 tons of garbage from across the island

Blacktip reef sharks released by Bali fishermen after caught in nets

Fishermen in West Bali have found themselves in a game of catch and release with some blacktip reef sharks In Bali’s Jembrana regency, fishermen reportedly released seven...

Blacktip reef sharks released by Bali fishermen after caught in nets

Bali rattled by yet another earthquake

For the second time in two days, Bali has been rattled by a 52 earthquake  While yesterday’s struck 111 kilometers southeast from Bali’s Klungkung regency, the one...

Bali rattled by yet another earthquake

5.2 earthquake shakes Bali and Lombok

People in Bali and Lombok got a surprise shake on Sunday afternoon from a quake between the two islands, measuring 52 on the richter scale  At a depth of 10 kilometers,...

5.2 earthquake shakes Bali and Lombok

Cassava carrier bags: Indonesian entrepreneur tackles plastic scourge (VIDEO)

by Megan Sutherland From bags washing up on Bali's beaches to food packaging scattered across roads and clogging waterways in cities, Indonesia is facing a plastic waste crisis...

East Java quake felt in Bali

An earthquake measuring 49 out of East Java could be felt in parts of Bali in the early hours of Wednesday morning  The quake hit at 12:21 am, with the epicenter in...

East Java quake felt in Bali

WATCH: Little boy bawls about hopeless state of Bali beaches, mom promises him beach cleanup for birthday

A six-year-old boy was so distressed about the overwhelming amount of trash on Bali’s beaches that his mom promised him they could arrange a major beach cleanup to celebrate his...

Bye Bye Plastic Bags gears up for Bali’s biggest-ever beach clean up

It’s absolutely heartbreaking to stroll down Bali’s beautiful beaches and see trash—much of it non-biodegradable plastic—strewn across the shore  While the trash...

Bye Bye Plastic Bags gears up for Bali’s biggest-ever beach clean up

Changing sea temperatures suspected cause of fish shortages in Bali Strait

Changes in sea temperatures are thought to be the main cause behind fish scarcity in Jembrana, west Bali, experienced in the past eight months  “We are soon going to...

Changing sea temperatures suspected cause of fish shortages in Bali Strait

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.