Recently, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill that will prohibit the sale of over-the-counter sunscreens containing chemicals used in more than 3,500 products throughout the world. Experts say the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate are contributing to the destruction of the state's coral reefs and other ocean life. If the bill is signed by the governor, Hawaii will be the first state to pass such a law, and it will take effect on January 1, 2021.
Researchers have found the chemical oxybenzone in high concentrations in the waters around Hawaii and the Caribbean. The chemical not only kills the coral, but it also causes DNA damage in adults and deforms the DNA in coral in the larval stage, making it difficult for them to develop correctly. Oxybenzone also causes coral bleaching which is a prime cause of coral mortality worldwide. Corals bleach when they lose or expel the algae that usually live inside them, thus losing a valuable source of nutrition.
Coral reefs are the world's most productive marine ecosystems. They support commercial and recreational fisheries and protect coastlines from storm surge. Many Hawaiians are not waiting for the law to pass; they are acting now. You can decide to help by choosing sunscreens that are safe for you and the coral reefs.
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