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Study Finds That Sunscreen Chemical Threatens Coral Reefs

4 February 2014, 1:52 pm

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National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science researchers and their partners have discovered that a sunscreen chemical commonly used in many soaps, cosmetics, and body fragrances is highly toxic to corals. The team's data show that even very low concentrations of benzophenone-2, or BP-2, can quickly kill juvenile corals. BP-2 is an additive used in personal-care products since the 1960s to protect against the damaging effects of ultraviolet light.

Original article: Study Finds That Sunscreen Chemical Threatens Coral Reefs