Sunscreen increases the damaging effects of climate change on coral reefs

In recent years, there has been an increase in the detection of UV filters from sunscreens in coastal waters. A new study by Wageningen University and Research found that these UV filters seem to weaken corals, allowing warmed seawater as a result of global warming to further damage the reefs.  

Published in BioNews 36

For More Information: Wijgerde, T., Ballegooijen, M. van. Nijland, R., van der Loos, L., Kwadijk, C., Osinga, R., Murk, A., Slijkerman, S. (2020). Adding insult to injury: Effects of chronic oxybenzone exposure and elevated temperature on two reef-building corals. Science of the Total Environment 733

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