Tiny amounts of sunscreen may be destroying coral reefs 

Tiny amounts of sunscreen may be destroying coral reefs 

According to findings, published in the journal Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, even tiny amounts of oxybenzone bleaches and breaks down corals. Even worse, the chemical becomes more potent when it is exposed to light. And even non-beachgoers could be part of the problem. Though the adverse effects of sunscreen on coral had the biggest impact for sources within less than half a mile, sunscreen in any wastewater—even washed off in sinks and showers far from the shore—could worsen the issue.

Source: Sunscreen May Be Destroying Coral Reefs | Smart News | Smithsonian

Jeremy Smithhttp://www.jmcsmith.com
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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