Hawaii considers banning certain sunscreens to protect coral reefs
28th August 2017

Hawaii considers banning certain sunscreens to protect coral reefs

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Coral Reefs
Hawaii
United States
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CBS

KONA, Hawaii –¬†Hawaiian lawmakers are considering a ban on some popular sunscreens to try to protect coral reefs.

Researchers found that oxybenzone, a UV filtering ingredient commonly found in lotions, harms the coral. Up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen wind up in coral reef areas of the ocean every year, and scientists say that contributes to the ecosystem’s damage.

The Big Island of Hawaii’s pristine coastline is home to one of the state’s largest coral reefs, a miles-long stretch that scientists say is dying at an alarming rate.

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