Why is Hawaii banning oxybenzone and octinoxate from sunscreens?

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The two ingredients help protect skin from UV rays, but researchers have found that they also cause bleaching, deformities, DNA damage and ultimately death in coral when sunscreen washes off beachgoers or is discharged into wastewater treatment plants and deposited into bodies of water.

Coral reefs are vital members of marine ecosystems that protect beaches from erosion and support biodiversity…

Read Full Article; CNN (07-09-2018)

Could sunscreen be destroying our coral reefs? Hawaii lawmakers say yes; CBS News (05-02-2018)
Hawaii is set to become the first state to ban the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate, two chemicals believed to be harmful to the environment…

Slathering on sunscreen at the beach? It may be destroying coral reefs; Guardian UK (04-28-2017)
Studies show that oxybenzone, a common chemical found particularly in spray-on sunscreens, contributes to coral bleaching and leaves reefs deformed…

How we are all contributing to the destruction of coral reefs: Sunscreen, The Washington Post (10-20-2015)
And a new study finds that a single drop in a small area is all it takes for the chemicals in the lotion to mount an attack…

This Graphic Shows How Your Sunscreen Can Hurt Coral Reefs, TIME (10-21-2015)

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