Palau becomes 1st nation to ban ‘reef toxic’ sun cream

The Pacific nation of Palau has become the first country to ban sun cream which is harmful to corals and sea life. The ban prohibits sun cream containing any of the 10 ingredients which includes oxybenzone and octinoxate, that absorbs ultraviolet light. A lagoon in Palau’s Rock Islands is a Unesco World Heritage site. Palau is renowned for its marine life and is regarded as one of the world’s best diving destinations.

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  • President of Palau: Tommy Remengesau; Capital: Ngerulmud; Currency: US Dollar.

Source: The BBC News

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