Source: Honolulu Star Advisor
Author: Nina Wu
Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill today banning the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals believed to be harmful to coral reefs.
If Gov. David Ige signs the bill into law, it will take effect Jan. 1, 2021 and make Hawaii the first state in the nation to enact such a law. Continue reading Hawaii lawmakers pass bill banning sunscreens with chemicals that can harm coral reefs
Source: New York Times
Author: Peggy Orenstein
One of the perks of being a Californian is that Hawaii is a quick, often affordable getaway: Without the need to escape frosty weather, we’re free to visit during summer, when the surf lays down flat and the price of hotel rooms plummets. Continue reading Is Your Sunscreen Poisoning the Ocean?
Source: Civil Beat
Author: Nathan Eagle
The Democratic Party, Office of Hawaiian Affairs and others are urging the House to follow suit, but the measure faces opposition there. Continue reading Ban On Many Sunscreen Products Likely To Pass In Hawaii Senate
Source: Washington Post
Author: Chelsea Harvey
Corals in one of the world’s most diverse corners of the ocean have been ravaged by the ongoing effects of a global bleaching event, scientists say — and nobody’s sure how long it may take them to recover or what they might look like afterwards. The reefs around the U.S. territory of Guam and other nearby islands in what’s known as the Marianas archipelago have been suffering since 2013, and the pattern is only expected to continue through the rest of this summer. Continue reading ‘I cried…right into my mask’: Scientists say Guam’s reefs have bleached four years straight
Source: Washington Post
Author: Rachel Feltman
It can be easy to forget that coral are animals. Reefs look more like gorgeous marine gardens drifting in a breeze than they do colonies of invertebrates. Thanks to a new microscope — one that works under up to 100 feet of water, capturing tiny objects at high resolution despite the distortion of the sea — you can see these mysterious creatures in a whole new light. Continue reading Watch incredible microscopic video of corals kissing, growing and fighting
Coral reefs are subject to multiple stressors and are known to be at risk of extinction; one of these stressors is now recognized as pollution arising from personal care products such as sunscreen, shampoo, soap, conditioner and body lotion. Continue reading PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS CAUSE DAMAGE TO CORAL REEFS
Source: The Huffington Post
Author: Thoriq Ibrahim
The images of skeletal white coral are beautiful but haunting. The world’s reefs are now facing their worst bout of bleaching to date. Swathes of brilliant white fingers extend across the ocean floor. These are the stark signs of an underwater world under severe stress. Continue reading Saving the world’s coral reefs is possible. But we must begin now.
Source: Virgin Unite
Author: Craig Downs
The state of the world’s coral reefs will be under the spotlight next month at the thirteenth International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) in Hawaii.
Whilst assessing the impact of climate change and agricultural pollution on coral structures, scientists will be looking at a less-well known threat – pollution of the marine environment by personal care products (PCPs), including sunscreen. Continue reading How sunscreen is putting coral reefs at risk
Source: National Geographic
Author: Laura Parker
Acidifying oceans are causing the reef’s skeleton—a key habitat for fish—to break down rapidly, according to new science. Continue reading Florida’s Coral Reef Is Disintegrating
The world’s oceans are a magical, diverse and abundant ecosystem that mankind needs in order to survive.
The oceans cover over 72 percent of the planet’s surface, provide over 97 percent of the world’s water supply and over 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe. Continue reading How Ocean Pollution Impacts Marine Life—and All of Us