A new report outlines a framework to help world leaders assess the risks and benefits of using radical tools to build reef resilience.
Reef-safe sunscreens that don't contain oxybenzone and octinoxate.
The catastrophic die-off from recent ocean heat waves severely affected the reef's ability to produce new corals and bounce back.
“You don’t base global public health decisions on a couple studies.”
Hawaii also banned the sale and distribution of similar sunscreens, which contain chemicals that lead to coral bleaching.
“We must meet our duty, at every opportunity, to educate international visitors about how Palau has lasted in this uniquely untouched natural state for so long.”
“This bill is a small first step worldwide to really caring about our corals," Gov. David Ige (D) said.
Studies show that chemicals in popular sunscreen brands are extremely harmful to coral reef.
As doors open to the island nation, conservation efforts are underway.
Government officials say the reef is zoned for cruise ship anchors even though it's illegal to damage coral in the Cayman Islands.
These images show the dire threat to the world's reefs, which hold some 25 percent of marine life.
The world is experiencing its third mass coral bleaching event. Due to elevated temperatures at tropical locations over the whole planet, large populations of corals are starting to turn white. This is bad, as bleaching can lead to large-scale decreases in coral health and ultimately their death.
80 feet of water and nearly 60 years later...
If we are serious about saving coral reefs and the many benefits they provide to wildlife and people, we must resist the temptation to engineer small platforms of land aimed solely at flexing geopolitical muscle. Instead, we must prioritize conservation and management actions that allow corals to thrive.