Hawaii is all set to ban sunscreens damaging coral reefs | GBRI

Coral Reefs

Hawaii’s coral reefs are under threat – not just from warming sea temperatures, but also thousands of tons of sunscreen that gets washed off our bodies right into the ocean. The vibrant Hawaiian coral reefs are a major tourist attraction, besides being extremely important for marine ecosystems.

That’s why the island state is about to become the first in the US to prohibit sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemicals some scientists and lawmakers say are endangering coral reefs.

According to a bill passed by the state’s legislature in May, oxybenzone and octinoxate “have significant harmful impacts on Hawaii’s marine environment and residing ecosystems, including coral reefs that protect Hawaii’s shoreline.”

This week Governor David Ige, a Democrat, is expected to sign the bill into law.

Read full news here: https://www.vox.com/2018/7/2/17525496/hawaii-banning-sunscreen

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