Hawaii has taken the first step towards banning the sale of sunscreens that contain chemicals toxic to coral in a bid to safeguard its reefs.
Scientists found that oxybenzone and octinoxate can cause young developing coral to die, as well as bleaching, DNA damage, and deformities to the reefs.
The ban, due to go into effect in January 2021, means that sunscreens with the two chemicals will be available only to those with a prescription, and that brands including Banana Boat and Coppertone will no longer be allowed to be sold on the Hawaiian islands. Hawaii’s nearshore reefs generate some $800 million per year, and tourists flock to see the bright yellow butteryfish species, as well as angelfish and parrotfish. The Telegraph