Sunscreen contributing to decline of coral reefs, according to study

The Guardian reports:

A chemical in sunscreen is damaging coral, according to new study. Image credit: artur84 at freedigitalphotos.net

A chemical in sunscreen is damaging coral, according to new study.
Image credit: artur84 at freedigitalphotos.net

A common ingredient found in sunscreen is toxic to coral and contributing to the decline of reefs around the world, according to new research.

Oxybenzone, a UV-filtering chemical compound found in 3,500 brands of sunscreen worldwide, can be fatal to baby coral and damaging to adults in high concentrations, according to the study published on Tuesday in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.

The international research team that conducted the study, led by Craig Downs, found the highest concentrations of oxybenzone around coral reefs popular with tourists, particularly those in Hawaii and the Caribbean.

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