Customs seizes 63.8 tons of Chinese fertilizer in Bali waters meant for blast fishing in Eastern Indonesia

Customs seized 63.8 tons of smuggled ammonium nitrate on a boat bound for eastern Indonesia. The chemical compound is a fertilizer but can be an ingredient in explosives, which authorities say would be used for illegal blast fishing. Customs and Excise Director General Heru Pambudi said the ammonium nitrate was meant to be smuggled from

Environment

128 kg of garbage pulled from waters at Bali’s Menjangan Island

A whopping 128 kilograms of plastic waste was removed from the waters of northwest Bali’s beautiful Menjangan Island in West Bali National Park over the weekend. In a vigorous...

128 kg of garbage pulled from waters at Bali’s Menjangan Island

Bali ‘slum’ transformed into fun, cheerful, kid-friendly village

A community in the National Housing Development Company of Baler Bale Agung, West Bali  has apparently given itself an extreme makeover, transforming itself from a ‘slum’ to...

Bali ‘slum’ transformed into fun, cheerful, kid-friendly village

This little village in Bali is fining people Rp 5 million for littering

Fed up with rampant littering, a village in Bali has made a customary rule putting quite the hefty penalty on trash tossing: a Rp 5 million fine. If people are found carelessly...

This little village in Bali is fining people Rp 5 million for littering

Mining accident takes lives of two female workers on Bali’s Nusa Penida

Two female miners have reportedly died during a landslide on Bali’s Nusa Penida. One of the deceased was just a teenager while the other was a senior citizen. Nusa Penida, a...

Mining accident takes lives of two female workers on Bali’s Nusa Penida

Bali tourism destination or mining site? Nusa Penida’s development future at a crossroads

Nusa Penida, a small island southeast of Bali, has been growing in popularity as a tourism destination and is quickly becoming one of the province’s most Instagrammed spots....

Bali tourism destination or mining site? Nusa Penida’s development future at a crossroads

Earthquake recorded off Bali’s southern coast

An earthquake with a 4.4 magnitude was recorded about 60 kilometers off Bali’s southern coast on Thursday afternoon. The earthquake struck at 12:44pm local time, at a depth of...

Earthquake recorded off Bali’s southern coast

Fire breaks out at Bali’s Bingin Beach, firefighters struggle to reach flames from cliff

A fire broke out yesterday afternoon at Bingin Beach on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. While there were no reports of any injuries, three of the beach’s cliff-side warungs were...

Fire breaks out at Bali’s Bingin Beach, firefighters struggle to reach flames from cliff

Starry Night: Bali powers down for a day, gorgeous clear-night photos proliferate

Once a year, something magical happens in Bali. A post shared by @eleyfully on Mar 28, 2017 at 11:55pm PDT The Indonesian island celebrates the Balinese Hindu New Year, Nyepi. The...

Starry Night: Bali powers down for a day, gorgeous clear-night photos proliferate

Bali from Space: Astronaut aboard ISS captures amazing shot of Indonesia

We’ve seen some incredible imagery of Bali thanks to the drone craze that’s been sweeping the globe, but one astronaut aboard the International Space Station gives all our...

Bali from Space: Astronaut aboard ISS captures amazing shot of Indonesia

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.