If the law is signed by Hawaii's state governor David Ige the ban will come into place in January 2021. The bill would ban the majority of sunscreens because they contain two chemicals — oxybenzone and octinoxate — which marine ecologists say "have significant harmful impacts on Hawaii's marine environment and residing ecosystems." Scientists say the chemicals — which wash off into the sea when sunbathing tourists go swimming — have proved toxic to coral. We passed SB2571 which bans the sale of sunscreen with oxybenzone and octinoxate which harms our coral reefs. Hawaii is the first state in the nation to pass a measure of this magnitude. The world was watching. We delivered. Preserve and protect our ocean environment! pic.twitter.com/fiPSuiarBI — Will Espero (@WillEspero) 28 April 2018 'Reef-friendly' Lotions Supporters of the bill say they hope it will … [Read more...] about If Sun Tans Are Bad for Coral Reefs, Could Hawaii’s Ban on Sunscreens Catch On?
IF you’re off on holiday to Hawaii then you’ll want to make sure you check which brand of sun cream you’re using. Not only because some are better than others for protecting against the sun – but also because some could now be banned as they’re harmful to coral reefs. CNN reports that the island has passed legislation banning sun creams which have chemicals called oxybenzone and octinoxate in as these cause serious damage to the reefs. These chemicals appear in sun screams like Hawaiian Tropic and Banana Boat. The law could come into effect from January 2021 if it is passed, when you will need a prescription from a doctor to use these types of creams in Hawaii. The Haerecticus Environmental Laboratory found that the chemicals come off humans in the sea and bleach the coral, which means they can die. A 2015 paper by the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that 14,000 tonnes of sunscreen enters coral reefs each year. Senator Will … [Read more...] about Hawaii to ban sunscreen that harms its coral reefs
Hawaii is set to become the first state to ban the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals believed to be harmful to the environment. State lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that prohibits the sale and distribution of over-the-counter sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate, two chemicals that have been found to "cause genetic damage to coral and other marine organisms." "These chemicals have also been shown to degrade corals' resiliency and ability to adjust to climate change factors and inhibit recruitment of new corals," the bill reads. The contamination is "constantly refreshed and renewed everyday" by swimmers and beachgoers, according to the bill. A 2015 scientific paper reports up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen gets released into coral reefs each year. CBS News' Carter Evans explored Hawaii's Big Island last summer in a plane outfitted with special imaging sensors. The red all over the map is dead or dying coral. It's not just happening in Hawaii. Coral reefs are dying … [Read more...] about Could sunscreen be destroying our coral reefs? Hawaii lawmakers say yes
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Hawaii may ban sunscreen that kills coral reefs. What sunscreen is safe for the environment? Hawaii could become the first state to ban sunscreens including oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemicals deemed harmful to the environment. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 1 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs USA Today Network Ashley May, USA TODAY Published 5:37 a.m. ChT May 3, 2018 | Updated 6:06 a.m. ChT May 3, 2018 CLOSE Just as the sun finally starts to warm things up, Hawaii is looking to ban some of the most popular sunscreens from its beaches. Nathan Rousseau Smith explains why. Buzz60 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 1 COMMENT EMAIL MORE … [Read more...] about Hawaii may ban sunscreen that kills coral reefs. What sunscreen is safe for the environment?
A deathly hush descending on coral reefs damaged by global warming is impairing the ability of young fish to find a home, research suggests.Coral reefs are noisy places filled with the clicks, pops, chirps and chattering of numerous fish and crustaceans.But a study conducted on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef shows that the “coral orchestra” has been quietened in areas damaged by cyclones and bleaching.Scientists found that without the din, fish born outside the reef had a hard time locating a suitable place to live and breed.Experiments showed that the soundscapes of damaged reefs attracted 40% fewer juvenile fish than those of healthy reefs.The loss of reef fish could have “devastating” consequences, warn the researchers.Lead scientist Tim Gordon, a marine biologist at the University of Exeter, said: “It’s heart-breaking to hear. The usual pops, chirps, snaps and chatters of countless fish and invertebrates have disappeared. The symphony of … [Read more...] about Lack of noise from depopulated coral reefs could lead to loss of fish