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    Default Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral reef decline

    Erica Cirino
    June 20, 2017

    When marine biologist Craig Downs first visited the turquoise-blue waters of Trunk Bay in the Virgin Islands National Park in St. John in 2005, he arrived on a crucial mission: Find out why the health of the park's coral reefs was declining.
    Downs, part of a team of experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Central Florida and the University of Hawaii, noticed the absence of young corals in St. John, which was visited by as many as 5,000 people daily at the time. Nearly all the corals were mature, and those injured by tourists or storms were not healing years later. Yet Downs, executive director of the nonprofit Haereticus Environmental Laboratory in Clifford, Va., and his fellow scientists could not find a reason for the coral's decline. The usual culprits in nearby regions of the Caribbean – algae, sewage and agricultural runoff – were not present in Trunk Bay.

    Read more here: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017...2541497963509/
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    Default Re: Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral reef decline

    Good heavens, I had no idea! Of course, the whole silly nonsense that the sun is a carcinogen is a myth spun by the sunscreen makers.

    As a member of Environmental Working Group, I have known for a long time about the dangers of sunscreen. Few people are aware that most sunscreens contain unsafe ingredients, but I had no idea about oxybenzone or about the hormone disruptions. What a nation of sheep we are... if it's on television, it must be true.
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    Default Re: Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral reef decline

    Salient points here, IMHO: "The biggest threat to reefs, according to Downs, is rising ocean temperatures due to climate change. The second-biggest threat is pollution from sewage and agricultural fertilizers, which deposits large amounts of nutrients into the water, causing algal blooms that suffocate corals. Downs said he would rank oxybenzone and other chemicals, such as pesticides and toxins leaching from plastic pollution, as the third-biggest threat to coral reef health globally. The fourth-largest threat, he said, is sedimentation from disturbed land, which can bury reefs."

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