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Sunscreen is killing coral and reefs around the globe

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The study documented three different ways that oxybenzone in sunscreen breaks the coral down, robbing it of life-giving nutrients and turning it ghostly white.

Washington

THE sunscreen that snorkelers, beachgoers and children romping in the waves lather on for protection is killing coral and reefs around the globe. And a new study finds that a single drop in a small area is all it takes for the chemicals in the lotion to mount an attack.