Scientists have completed the first comprehensive assessment of UV-filters in surface seawater, sediment, and coral tissue from multiple coral reefs around the island of Oahu, Hawaii. UV-filters are active ingredients in sunscreens, but are also added to many other products, including textile, plastics, and paint to prevent photo degradation. The UV-filters oxybenzone and octinoxate have received attention by policy makers regarding their potential impact on corals. The research will help provide a baseline for future risk assessments.
Original Title: New study measures UV-filter chemicals in seawater and corals from Hawaii
Full Text of the Original Article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190401121805.htm