Tropics told to ban coral-killing sunscreen

Tropics told to ban coral-killing sunscreen

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.

“It is a no-brainer — a compound is hurting our reefs, so the simple thing is to ban it,” says Will Espero, the Hawaiian senator leading the legal challenge. “We are working on some draft legislation, it is almost done. Once we are there, let’s go international with it.”

This is an excerpt from an article published on Eco Business. Read the original article here: Tropics told to ban coral-killing sunscreen | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific

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