How the world got hooked on palm oil.

Image Credit: Orangutans rescued near a palm oil plantation in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photograph by Vier Pfoten/Four Paws/Rex It’s the miracle ingredient in everything from biscuits to shampoo. But our dependence on palm oil has devastating environmental consequences. Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there grew a magical fruit. This fruit could […]

Bali’s Sacred Mountain.

Image Credit: Photograph by Michele Falzone/Getty Images. Rice terraces, volcano views and jungle-tangled gorges make sleepy Sidemen feel like the Bali that time forgot. There’s not a great deal to do in this rambling district in the foothills of Mount Agung, and it’s a fair old schlep from the tourist meccas of Ubud, Seminyak, Nusa […]

The Banded broadbill looks like a paint brushed kookaburra.

Image Credit: kajornyot wildlife photography/Getty Images The banded broadbill looks like a kookaburra got attacked with a paintbrush By Bec Crew, That’s what the banded broadbill (Eurylaimus javanicus) looks like. An ill-informed rendition of a kookaburra made by someone who will not be told that a bird can’t be purple and black with random yellow […]

The Tengger Volcanic Complex.

Tengger volcanic complex, Indonesia This is part of a national park on the Indonesian island of Java that lies within a large caldera – the remains of an volcano that erupted more than 45,000 years ago. In this view, the volcanic cones comprising the Tengger complex are at the centre, with smoke coming from Mount […]

Green Tree Frog Works Out.

A green tree frog manages a chin-up over a slender bamboo cane in a garden in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. The frog’s sticky toe pads act like suction cups, enabling it to cling to smooth surfaces and stay clear of predators. What a clever frog. via Eyewitness: Jakarta, Indonesia | World news | The […]

The terraced valleys of Ubud, Bali.

Rice terraces in Bali with palm trees and rays of sunlight. Image Credit: Photograph by: Monika Vlageryte/Shutterstock Just outside Ubud, in the uplands of Bali, a new tented camp has opened. You dip down into a valley to find a world of restaurants, cistern-shaped pools, spas with trees growing through them and tents that unzip […]

Lava Glows from Mount Sinabung.

A long exposure picture shows molten lava spilling from the crater of Mount Sinabung as seen from Berastepu village in Karo, North Sumatra province, Indonesia. Thousands of villagers were evacuated following the weekend eruption of Mount Sinabung in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, with more expected to follow. EPA/DEDI SAHPUTRA via Photos of the Day: June […]