Florida Legislature Overrules Key West Sunscreen Ban Put In Place To Protect Coral Reef

Florida Legislature Overrules Key West Sunscreen Ban Put In Place To Protect Coral Reef

Last year the City of Key West Florida voted to become the first city on the U.S. mainland to ban the use of toxic chemicals in sunscreen in order to protect the coral reefs in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, a major tourism draw for the region, which locals work very hard to keep pristine. But the ban may never go into effect (unless Governor Ron DeSantis vetos the bill) because on Tuesday the state legislature passed legislation that prevents local governments from regulating any over-the-counter drugs or cosmetics including sunscreen.

 

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What’s Really in Our Sunscreen? Human and Environmental Health Risks Prompt More Oversight

What’s Really in Our Sunscreen? Human and Environmental Health Risks Prompt More Oversight

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 […]

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Ocean Acidification Will Cause Big Economic Losses in the U.S.

Ocean Acidification Will Cause Big Economic Losses in the U.S.

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.

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Hero of the Week: Bruce Butterworth Saving Coral in Indonesia

Hero of the Week: Bruce Butterworth Saving Coral in Indonesia

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 […]

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New Report Shows China Is Taking Up Coral Reef Destruction Again

New Report Shows China Is Taking Up Coral Reef Destruction Again

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.

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Pass on the oxybenzone, protect Florida’s reefs

Pass on the oxybenzone, protect Florida’s reefs

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 […]

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