Palau is set to become first country to ban sunscreen to save coral reefs


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The Western Pacific nation of Palau has become the first country to ban many kinds of sunscreen, in a move to protect its coral reefs from chemicals that scientists say cause significant damage.

Highlights:

*Researchers believe that these ingredients are highly toxic to marine life, and can make coral more susceptible to bleaching.
*Under the ban, which will take effect in 2020, “reef-toxic” sunscreen — defined as containing one of 10 prohibited chemicals, a list that could grow later — can be confiscated from tourists when they enter the country, and retailers who sell it can be fined up to $1,000.
*It has been estimated that 14,000 tonnes of sunscreen ends up in the world’s oceans each year.
*Damage to coral reefs worldwide from climate change has been widely reported, but scientists say there is growing evidence that chemicals from sunscreen, which washes off swimmers or enters the ocean through sewer systems, also causes grave harm.
*A 2015 study found that oxybenzone in sunscreen stunts coral growth and is toxic for the algae that live within reefs.



Palau is set to become first country to ban sunscreen to save coral reefs Palau is set to become first country to ban sunscreen to save coral reefs Reviewed by The Hindu Current Affairs on November 04, 2018 Rating: 5

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