New research from the FDA has shown that 7 chemicals traditionally found in chemical (vs mineral) sunscreen enter the human bloodstream at levels that exceed safety thresholds. Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the arm of the FDA which conducted the studies explained that just because an ingredient enters […]Continue Reading 385 words
A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released last week as part of a Congressionally-mandated review of ocean acidification, states that increasing acidity in the U.S. ocean waters could cause “billions of dollars in damage to the U.S. economy,” with detrimental impacts on Alaskan fisheries and tourism due to degraded coral reefs in Florida and the Caribbean.
Why This Matters: Climate impacts are costing our economy already due to severe weather events such as wildfires and hurricanes. Even though increasing ocean acidification may not be visible to the eye, its costs are just as devastating.Continue Reading 463 words
This week, John Kelly, a Washington Post Metro section columnist caught our eye with a story about Bruce Butterworth, a D.C. resident who has been snorkeling and diving since the 1980s and has witnessed first-hand the decline of coral reefs. Two years ago, he learned that in the Coral Triangle of Indonesia, pristine reefs remain […]Continue Reading 316 words
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According to a new report from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), new satellite images make it clear that China’ most destructive fishing vessels — their clam harvesting fleet – has returned to the South China Sea in force over the last six months and are again destroying pristine coral reefs and harming important fish habitat.Continue Reading 426 words
The Miami Herald reported yesterday that the Key West City Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted to ban the sale of sunscreens that contain two ingredients — oxybenzone and octinoxate — that a growing body of scientific evidence says harm coral reefs. While opponents to the ban claim that it will increase rates of skin cancer City […]Continue Reading 363 words