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Palau to become first country to ban sunscreens to protect coral reefs

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Palau will be the first country to ban sunscreen to save its coral reefs. Last week, President Tommy Remengesau Jr signed the legislation to ban “reef-toxic” sunscreen from 2020.

The island nation, located in the western Pacific Ocean, is taking the preservation and protection of its coral reefs. Sunscreen is defined as containing any one of 10 chemicals present in sun-protecting lotions, including oxybenzone.

Mr Remengesau said a big impetus for the ban was a 2017 report that found that sunscreen products were widespread in Palau’s Jellyfish Lake, which they closed for more than one year due to declining jellyfish numbers. Sunscreens would be........

© International Business Times