Activists urge BMKG to prohibit infrastructure development in disaster-prone southern Bali

ForBALI is urging Indonesia’s Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) to issue a strict prohibition on infrastructure development in southern Bali.

Environment

Climbers attempting to scale Bali’s Mount Agung subject to fine as long as volcano remains on ‘standby’ status: official

Climbers attempting to scale Bali’s Mount Agung subject to fine as long as volcano remains on ‘standby’ status: official

A traditional village, or desa adat, located on the slopes of Bali’s Mount Agung will issue a fine of IDR1 million (US$71) for anyone attempting to climb Mount Agung.

Central gov’t apologizes for damage caused by Benoa Bay reclamation, says project will be stopped

Central gov’t apologizes for damage caused by Benoa Bay reclamation, says project will be stopped

An official from Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs apologized for the environmental damage caused by the reclamation of Benoa Bay and confirmed in a meeting...

Indonesian government to conduct electric motorcycle trial in Bali

Indonesian government to conduct electric motorcycle trial in Bali

The Indonesian government has announced that Bali will be the site of an upcoming trial run of electric motorcycles.

Bali Governor demands a stop to Benoa Bay reclamation project, after monitoring team found 17 hectares of mangrove forest destroyed

Bali Governor demands a stop to Benoa Bay reclamation project, after monitoring team found 17 hectares of mangrove forest destroyed

Bali Governor Wayan Koster said his office has issued a formal letter, urging state-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) III to stop the reclamation of Benoa Bay,...

Dead whale washes ashore on beach in Bali’s Buleleng regency

Dead whale washes ashore on beach in Bali’s Buleleng regency

The 2.3-meter long mammal was reportedly found covered in wounds. 

School of blacktip sharks spotted swimming near beach in Nusa Dua

School of blacktip sharks spotted swimming near beach in Nusa Dua

A school of sharks was recently spotted near the beach of Nusa Dua’s Peninsula Island. They have reportedly been identified as the blacktip sharks, and, though they are not...

Thousands of baby chicks killed in fire in Bali’s Tabanan regency

Thousands of baby chicks killed in fire in Bali’s Tabanan regency

Around 12,000 baby chicks were killed in a farm fire in the Pupuan sub-district of Bali’s Tabanan regency yesterday.

4.7-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Nusa Dua, tremors felt in parts of Kuta and Central Lombok

4.7-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Nusa Dua, tremors felt in parts of Kuta and Central Lombok

Earlier today, an earthquake measuring 4.7 in magnitude struck off the coast of Bali’s Nusa Dua.

After 3 earthquakes strike off Bali’s coast in one day, officials caution residents to remain alert

After 3 earthquakes strike off Bali’s coast in one day, officials caution residents to remain alert

Last night, a 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Bali at 9.17pm. Indonesia’s Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) noted that the quake’s...


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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.