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Damage to Great Barrier Reef ‘Unprecedented’

Damage to Australian coral reefs has reached what scientists call “unprecedented” amounts, particularly in terms of bleaching caused by rising waters and warm currents, BBC.com reports. The bleaching is a result of dissipating algae.

Generally speaking, climate change experts judge the health of the world through cataclysmic events such as coral reef destruction. But one thing they forgot to mention is that a commonly used sunscreen is also contributing to coral reefs’ demise. Oxybenzone is an endocrine-disrupting sunscreen chemical used in many sunscreens that exacerbates coral bleaching, damages coral DNA and causes coral deformities.

Just 62 parts per trillion, or the equivalent of one drop of water in 6.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools, of oxybenzone may damage coral, and it’s estimated that between 6,000 and 14,000 tons of sunscreen enter coral reef areas worldwide every year. On humans, this endocrine-disrupting chemical acts like estrogen in the body, alters sperm production in animals, and is also associated with endometriosis in women. It has relatively high rates of skin allergy and is a highly skin-penetrating chemical.

Safer sunscreens tend to use non-nanoparticle sized zinc- and titanium-based mineral ingredients, which block the sun's rays without penetrating your skin.

When you'll be in the sun for longer periods, you can simply cover up with clothing, a hat, or under shade such as an umbrella. Other ways to enjoy the positive effects of sun exposure without getting burned are to limit your initial sun exposure and slowly work your way up; moisturize your skin naturally and build an internal sunscreen with beneficial antioxidants such as astaxanthin.
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