Legislators in Hawaii took another step towards banning sunscreens that contain harmful chemicals. The bill prohibits the sale and distribution of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone, a chemical that’s been shown to be toxic to developing coral and increases the coral’s susceptibility to bleaching. About 14,000 tons of sunscreen end up on coral reefs worldwide, not just killing the coral but causing DNA damage too. The ban will not affect medically-prescribed sunscreens containing the chemicals. The governor is expected to sign the bill, which would take effect January 1, 2021.
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