Sunscreen and cosmetics compound may harm coral by altering fatty acids

Sunscreen and cosmetics compound may harm coral by altering fatty acids


Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

Excerpts;

Although sunscreen is critical for preventing sunburns and skin cancer, some of its ingredients are not so beneficial to ocean-dwelling creatures. In particular, sunscreen chemicals shed by swimmers are thought to contribute to coral reef decline.

Now, researchers say that one such chemical, octocrylene (OC), which is also in some cosmetics and hair products, accumulates in coral as fatty acid esters that could be toxic to the marine organism…

Read Full Article; Science Daily (01-09-2019)

Coastal Care

Related Posts

The ship that leaked oil into pristine Mauritian waters could break in two. That would be an environmental catastrophe

The ship that leaked oil into pristine Mauritian waters could break in two. That would be an environmental catastrophe

New study warns: We have underestimated the pace at which the Arctic is melting

New study warns: We have underestimated the pace at which the Arctic is melting

A warming California sets the stage for future floods

A warming California sets the stage for future floods

World’s tallest prefab skyscrapers will rise in Singapore — but they’re being built in Malaysia

World’s tallest prefab skyscrapers will rise in Singapore — but they’re being built in Malaysia

SAF Video

Beach of the Month

Photo of the Month

Plastic Pollution

Sand Wars – United Nations-GEA

Sand Mining Detrimental Effects

The World’s Beaches

Coastal Care Junior

NASA – Fly along with NASA’s fleet of Earth science missions and observe Earth from a global perspective in an immersive, 3-D environment.