ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - A ban on sunscreen could begin to save coral reefs around the world, all thanks to a biologist at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
Back in 2015, Associate Professor John Fauth and his team discovered a certain sunscreen ingredient disrupts coral reproduction and causes bleaching. This kills the reefs, which impacts both local economies and ocean species.
Legislators in Hawaii put together a bill to ban sunscreens with Oxybenzone and it has since been approved. The bill still needs the Governor's signature.