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Project #3: Support an Oxybenzone Ban in Hawaii: Stop and Check!…Your Sunscreen Might be Killing the Reef!

Update:  Of three versions of the Bill considered by the House Energy and Environmental Protection Committee on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, two advanced. House Bill 600 would ban the sale of sunscreen containing oxybenzone in Hawaii outright. House Bill 818 would require products containing oxybenzone to state that the chemicals contained therein are harmful to […]

Ban the sale of Coral damaging sunscreen in Hawaii

A popular compound found in sunscreen, oxybenzone, is highly damaging to the reef. “Recent studies have shown that oxybenzone (and octinoxate & homosalate) causes deformities in coral larvae (planulae), making them unable to swim, settle out, and form new coral colonies.  It also increases the rate at which coral bleaching occurs.  This puts coral reef health […]

Discretion urged in sunscreen use near coral reefs

Discretion urged in sunscreen use near coral reefs By Michael Tsai Posted on September 4, 2016 12:05 am State officials called for a united effort in battling the negative effect of a common sunscreen ingredient on coral reefs during an afternoon media briefing at the World Conservation Congress at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Read More