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CNN News July 3, 2018

Hawaii bans sunscreens that harm coral reefs | CNN

Hawaii Gov. David Ige signs the first bill in the country that will ban the sale or distribution of sunscreens containing chemicals harmful to coral reefs.

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Arch Environ Contam Toxicol JAN. 1, 2016

Toxicopathological Effects of the Sunscreen UV Filter, Oxybenzone (Benzophenone-3), on Coral Planulae and Cultured Primary Cells and Its Environmental Contamination in Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands

CA Downs et al

Benzophenone-3 (BP-3; oxybenzone) is an ingredient in sunscreen lotions and personal-care products that protects against the damaging effects of ultraviolet light. Oxyben …

Environ Health Perspect JAN. 1, 2008

Sunscreens cause coral bleaching by promoting viral infections

R Danovaro et al

We conclude that sunscreens, by promoting viral infection, potentially play an important role in coral bleaching in areas prone to high levels of recreational use by huma …

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Corals and Sea Anemones Turn Sunscreen into Toxins—Understanding How Could Help Save Coral Reefs

Researchers have long suspected that an ingredient in sunscreen called oxybenzone was harming corals, but no one knew how. A new study shows how corals turn oxybenzone into a sunlight-activated toxin.

NPR News JULY 2, 2018

Many Common Sunscreens May Harm Coral. Here's What To Use Instead

Hawaii is about to ban the sale of sunscreens containing certain chemicals that have been shown to harm coral reefs. Environmentalists urge a switch to mineral-based products.

The Washington Post MARCH 15, 2019

Sunscreen bans aimed at protecting coral reefs spark debate — among scientists

Biologists, oceanographers, other experts disagree on whether the evidence merits such legislative measures.

WIRED FEB. 23, 2019

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

So now, the FDA has announced proposals to update the process for regulating sun protection products.

The New York Times NOV. 2, 2018

Palau Bans Many Kinds of Sunscreen, Citing Threat to Coral (Published 2018)

The Western Pacific nation joined Hawaii in banning products containing certain chemicals that scientists say are “reef toxic.”