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It’s summertime which means lots of people are headed to the beach, which also means lots of sunscreen. But before you grab a new bottle, you might not have known that what you put on your body has been harming ocean life in a big way.
Sunscreen has had such a big impact on the marine environment, that the state of Hawaii even banned a certain type of it. Some ingredients in sunscreen hav been shown to negatively affect coral reefs. In this podcast episode, I break down not only sunscreen and coral reefs, but why you also have to think about sunscreen and you.
Specifically, I’ll go over:
Why are places banning sunscreen?
What kinds of impacts does sunscreen have on the ocean?
What kinds of impacts does sunscreen have on your health?
What kinds of sunscreen should you avoid?
What is reef-friendly sunscreen?
What kinds of sunscreen should you buy?
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Stephanie Schuttler is a wildlife biologist with 17 years of experience in mammal ecology and conservation, education, and outreach. Read her inspirational story, “My Unexpected Journey Into Science” to find out how she went from the daughter of a jeweler to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology. Feel free to contact Stephanie here.