Microbeads could clean oceans of dangerous chemicals

Microbeads could clean oceans of dangerous chemicals

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The next time you are at the beach, slathering on sunscreen, spare a thought for the coral reefs. According to a paper published in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen washes off sunbathers and enters the world’s oceans each year. Most of this sunscreen contains a chemical called oxybenzone, which is used to deflect harmful UV rays. The problem is that very tiny amounts of oxygenone – less than one drop in 4 million gallons of water – is enough to kill all the nearby coral.

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