Hawaii votes to protect coral reefs from sunscreen

First off!! LOL. GREEN LIVING GUY NEWS REPORTS Hawaii Governor David Ige will sign a bill to prohibit the sale of sunscreens. These are sunscreens containing chemicals that give to destroying coral reefs. Firstly, Hawaii is now the first state in the U.S. to pass such a law. This law receiving with praise from conservationists.

As Matt Ramsey who is Director of Conservation International for Hawaii applauds the state. Hawaii is recognizing the importance of corals. By taking this bold step forward towards improving protections Hawaii’s world-class reefs is so important. “The significance of this action will extend far beyond the islands. With 9 million visitors each year, Hawaii’s commitment will educate consumers worldwide about the harmful effects that sunscreen can have on marine life.”

In addition, scientists have estimated about 14,000 tons of sunscreen ends up in coral reefs each year. Finally, the bill bans the sale of sunscreens that contain the chemicals like oxybenzone. Chemicals which are used in more than 3,500 of the world’s most popular sunscreen products.

A coral reef, pictured above, in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaiʻi. (© James Watt/NOAA/Flickr Creative Commons)
A coral reef, pictured above, in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaiʻi. (© James Watt/NOAA/Flickr Creative Commons)

Source and for the entire story: Conservation International

by MORGAN LYNCH

July 2, 2018

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