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Thailand bans specific sunscreens to protect its coral reefs

/ 05:55 PM August 04, 2021
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In this underwater photo taken on August 19, 2020 coral reefs are seen off Koh Tao island in the Gulf of Thailand. AFP

BANGKOK — In a bid to protect coral in its waters and help it flourish, Thailand issued a regulation on Wednesday banning sunscreen containing specific chemicals.

Under a proposal issued by the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), sunscreen containing oxybenzone (benzophenone-3, BP-3), octinoxate (ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate), 4-methylbenzylid camphor (4MBC), and butylparaben will be banned.

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Studies show that these chemicals do not just bleach coral, but also destroy its reproductive system.

As of Wednesday, anybody violating the regulation can face a fine of up to 100,000 baht.

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