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By Glenn Garner
May 13, 2021 04:04 PM
Hawaii resort
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As the tourism industry prepares to get back to business this summer, some travelers will have to revise their packing list.

Several tropical destinations are banning certain sunscreens, out of concern for the local environment, according to multiple reports. Although the ingredients found in sunblock, like oxybenzone, octinoxate, and octoerylene are safe for human use, they’ve been known to contribute to the bleaching of coral reefs, along with rising ocean temperatures.

“Corals would normally bleach when the temperatures are above 31 Celsius [81.7 Fahrenheit] so it’s really warm water,” Dr. Craig A. Downs, Ph.D., executive director of Haereticus Environmental Laboratory told Travel + Leisure. “[Oxybenzone] will cause corals to bleach at 78 degrees, and that’s non-bleaching temperature.” 

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