Could sunscreen be destroying our coral reefs? Hawaii lawmakers say yes

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Hawaii is set to become the first state to ban the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals believed to be harmful to the environment. State lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that prohibits the sale and distribution of over-the-counter sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate, two chemicals that have been found to “cause genetic damage to coral and other marine organisms…”

Read Full Article; CBS News (05-02-2018)

Hawaii’s coral reef ecosystems worth $33.57 billion per year; NOAA (10-22-2011)

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