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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Bali’s ‘traditional villages’ must take up role in reducing plastic waste on the island: Environmental Agency

Bali’s ‘traditional villages’ must take up role in reducing plastic waste on the island: Environmental Agency

Implementation of the 2018 gubernatorial regulation, which bans single-use plastics in Bali, is still facing considerable challenges. 

Bali village in Jembrana regency protest against plans to build medical waste facility

Bali village in Jembrana regency protest against plans to build medical waste facility

There are many fish processing facilities in Pengambengan, which residents fear may demand fewer of local fishermen’s catch for fear of toxic waste contamination, should the...

6 injured after old tree collapsed in East Denpasar

6 injured after old tree collapsed in East Denpasar

An old tree in East Denpasar fell over and hit five houses early this morning.

Rapid tourism development fueled Bali’s alarming water crisis, expert says

Rapid tourism development fueled Bali’s alarming water crisis, expert says

On the other side of hyped photo trends featuring infinity pools in Bali is an alarming water crisis fueled by rapid tourism development on the island. 

Hundreds of textile dye businesses in Denpasar illegally dump waste in local river: official

Hundreds of textile dye businesses in Denpasar illegally dump waste in local river: official

An official from Denpasar city’s Department of Environment and Sanitation said yesterday that hundreds of similar businesses have been operating without permits and secretly...

Bali’s Badung regency plans to build ‘recycle park’ in Canggu

Bali’s Badung regency plans to build ‘recycle park’ in Canggu

Badung regency is eyeing village resort Canggu as a location to build a landfill, which an official say will be named Badung Recycle Park (BRP).

Inadequate waste treatment from textile dye business turned Badung river red: official

Inadequate waste treatment from textile dye business turned Badung river red: official

Officers from Denpasar’s Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) said they traced the source of Badung river turning red yesterday morning, after an investigation led them to a small...

Bali residents expected to manage and sort own household waste with new regulation

Bali residents expected to manage and sort own household waste with new regulation

Bali Governor I Wayan Koster has issued a new gubernatorial regulation aimed at managing waste in Bali, which mandates residents and companies on the island responsible for...

BMKG to install new earthquake and tsunami detectors across Bali

BMKG to install new earthquake and tsunami detectors across Bali

The agency hopes to match the island’s system with that of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. 


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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.

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