In the hot summer, many people wear sunscreen to protect their skin from UV rays. However, it has been reported that some sunscreens contain ingredients that can damage coral reefs. Coral reefs are important in sustaining the marine ecosystem. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are two chemicals in some sunscreens that have destructive effects on coral reefs. The two chemicals have been found at toxic levels in marine animals, too. Since they are found in popular sunscreen products, there is an urgent need to ban the use of these chemicals in vulnerable regions. Recently, Hawaiian Governor David Ige signed a bill to ban the use of sunscreens containing harmful chemicals to coral reefs. The bill will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021. Senator Mike Gabbard, who introduced the bill, said, “Hawaii is definitely on the cutting edge by banning these dangerous chemicals in sunscreens.” He added, “This will make a huge difference in protecting our coral reefs, marine life, and human health.”
Christine Kim Staff Reporter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. What is one negative effect of sunscreens mentioned in the article?
2. Why are coral reefs important to the ocean?
3. When will the bill that the Hawaiian Governor signed take effect?
1. How important is the natural environment to you in your daily life?
2. Why do we have to protect the ocean?
3. What can you do every day to help the environment?