The Governor of Hawaii signed recent legislation to become the first state in the U.S. to ban sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate believed by scientists to be causing damage to Hawaiian coral reefs. The chemical contamination is renewed daily by beachgoers and swimmers resulting in coral bleaching the main cause of coral mortality. Other acceptable sunblock on the market which contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide do not harm coral. The ban will take effect 2021.
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