Our corals are disappearing at an alarming rate.
And it’s not just rising temperatures.
There are localized extinctions.
This threat is preventable.
Reefs At Risk
Since the 1980’s, we’ve been concerned about the decline of our coral reefs. Scientists are working vigorously to find the cause, slow the decline, and save the reefs.
We thought we’d never lose the reefs, but in the past 30 years, we’ve lost 50% of them. In a rapid and devastating wave, we’re shocked to see this ecosystem that supports a quarter of all marine life become zombies.
Corals are projected to all disappear by 2050.
That is if we don’t know the cause. If we can’t do anything about it.
Scientists have been focusing on rising temperatures as the cause, but that doesn’t explain a lot of what has been happening.
There have been localized extinctions, no recovery, no recruitment, behavioral and developmental abnormalities… things that are highly unusual and really scaring scientists.
There has a been a third factor, largely ignored, that is the greatest immediate and persistent threat to our coral reefs, a threat that guarantees their extinction, and cripples their ability to ever recover. They’re drowning in it every day.
That threat: oxybenzone.
The Oxybenzone Magazine
The information on oxybenzone is a complex web of science. I have been studying it for two years, and for the past two months, have dedicated all my time to writing a magazine (which became this website) as a means of explaining this to the public.
Oxybenzone is not only a rapid and massive threat to corals, but is dangerous for humans as well.
Yet, it’s found in nearly 70% of sunscreens today.
It’s cheap, rapidly abundant, man-made, and very stable in the sun - it doesn’t break down, which makes it a common choice for most sunscreen companies.
What they don’t tell you though, is that 1/4 of people will develop sun-induced allergic reactions upon their arrival outdoors.
A quarter of people, when putting this product on their skin to protect themselves from the sun, paradoxically, the sun reacts with the product causing sun-burn like reactions.
If this wasn’t bad enough, since 2006, oxybenzone has been deemed “unsuitable for children,” as children do not yet have the metabolism to break it down.
This is because, it’s rapidly absorbed in the skin (the most rapidly absorbed of all UV filters) and breaks down into far more toxic byproducts in the body.
… but they don’t tell you that.
While millions of parents are spraying this all over their kids, in an effort to protect them.
Furthermore, it’s been linked to reproductive diseases, causing sterility, contaminates mothers’ breast milk, and has been linked to Hirschprung deformity in newborns.
The effects on the animals are far worse.
The scientific community has known this for some time. Yet the public has yet to find out.
It doesn’t suit companies’ bottom line to expose oxybenzone, but it’s a ubiquitous toxicant that everyone should know about, and stay away from.
The entire oxybenzone story makes sense when you look at it as a whole, which is why I’m explaining it all here, in the oxybenzone magazine.