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Thailand bans coral-damaging sunscreens in marine parks

Thailand has banned sunscreen lotions containing chemicals that damage coral from all of its marine national parks.

Anyone flouting the ban can be fined up to 100,000 baht (£2,100). The Thai Department of Conservation said four ingredients commonly found in sun creams were shown to destroy coral larvae, obstruct coral reproduction and cause reef bleaching.

The banned lotions are those containing oxybenzone, octinoxate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor or butylparaben.

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