Palau, the first country to ban sunscreensNovember 2, 2018
It is known that coral reefs, great oases of life on the planet, are under serious threat throughout the world. And among the culprits are certain chemicals used in most sunscreen creams, which result highly toxic to fragile corals.
In this situation, the archipelago of Palau, a paradise of diving and nature located in the Philippine Sea, in Micronesia (Pacific Ocean), announced that it will become the first country in the world in prohibit the sale and use of sunscreen creams. An extreme decision that seeks to defend its famous coral reef, increasingly affected. Also in Hawaii are concerned about the issue, and a year ago a local senator proposed to Congress a law to, precisely, prohibit sun creams.
The corals of Palau, like those of the whole world, are threatened.
British broadcaster BBC reported that the Palau law is ready, but will take effect in 2020. Since then, the transgressors will be punished with fines of up to 1,000 dollars. Diving and snorkeling are among the main tourist attractions of the archipelago.
Mainly two chemicals present in sunscreens are those that are targeted: oxybenzone and octinoxate, which absorb ultraviolet rays.
Palau, in Spanish Palau, is an island republic with just over 21,000 inhabitants, one of the four countries that make up Micronesia. It is composed of about 340 islands of volcanic and coral origin. Its capital is Ngerulmud and its most populated city is Koror, with about 9,000 inhabitants.
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