Tropics told to ban coral-killing sunscreen

 Tropics told to ban coral-killing sunscreen

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Tropics told to ban coral-killing sunscreen

·        Chemicals in sunscreen kill and deform corals in tropical reefs

·        Scientists call for ban on harmful substances, as education is too slow to work

·        Hawaii calls on tropical nations to enact sunscreen bans at home

[HONOLULU] Tropical island nations should team up to ban coral-killing sunscreen products, following the example of Hawaii, a conference has heard.

Chemical compounds in sunscreen lotions cause irreparable damage to reefs, which are crucial to the livelihoods of 500 million people in the tropics, scientist and policymakers said at the IUCN World Conservation Congress on 3 September. Hawaii is leading a legistlative effort to ban the use of sunscreen that contains oxybenzone or similar harmful agents at its beaches. Read more.