Impact of sunscreens on coral reefs

Discover the NGO Coral Guardian’s articles on the impacts of different UV filters contained in sunscreens on coral reefs.

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Impact of sunscreens on coral reefs

Overall, what is the impact of UV filters in sunscreens on corals?

Around the world, coral reefs are facing a degradation driven by global and local human-derived pressures including climate change, coastal development, pollution, amongst others. In…

Impact of sunscreens on coral reefs

Are mineral UV filters used in sunscreens less harmful to coral reefs?

Swimmers can choose sunscreens with chemical (organic) UV filters or mineral (inorganic) UV filters. The latter are natural particles, either zinc oxide (ZnO) or titanium…

Impact of sunscreens on coral reefs

The impact of organic UV filters in sunscreens on coral reefs

Sunscreens contain many components, including various UV filters that can be organic (chemical) or inorganic (mineral). Scientists are becoming increasingly interested in their effects on…

Impact of sunscreens on coral reefs

UV filters in sunscreen: a new threat for corals?

Sunscreens Human activities are both directly and indirectly involved in coral decline at a global, regional and local scale (Hughes et al., 2018). Factors in…