Skip to main content

Natural Awakenings Tucson

Sunscreen Sanction: Palau Bans Chemicals to Save Reefs

tale/Shutterstock.com

Palau is the first country in the world to ban ecologically harmful sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. Studies have found the ingredients cause coral DNA to mutate in the larval stage, which prevents coral from growing properly and makes it more susceptible to bleaching. Palau, with a population of about 20,000 people spread across 340 islands between Australia and Japan, is a diving hotspot for tourists, and one of its lagoons has been named an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. President Tommy Remengesau says, “We have to live and respect the environment, because the environment is the nest of life.”
Join Our Email Newsletter

 

COMING IN PRINT: 2020 October Issue
Due Date: September 10. Be a part of our upcoming September issue. Contact [email protected] for cheerful and efficient help with your marketing!
Missed the print deadline? Try email news!

Email News Exclusives with Social Media pushes; ask us about it today! [email protected]

Visit Us on Facebook
2020 Editorial Calendar

Try Foot Reflexology After Heart Surgery
Nurses Stand Up Against Climate Change
Hug A Mate For A Happy Relationship
Dinosaur Bone Ownership Resolved