Sunscreen is killing our coral reefs

Chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate – which are found in many sunscreens – have harmful impacts to the marine environment. A study conducted in 2015 showed these chemicals can affect the mortality in developing coral, bleaching of coral and cause genetic damage to coral and other organisms. Following this research, Hawaii became the first American…

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Damaging our oceanic habitat

Our friends under the sea are suffering severely, thanks to our careless dismissal of plastic. Over the last 50 years, the flesh-footed shearwater population has dropped by 30%. Plastic is a major cause of their decline.#PlasticsAction pic.twitter.com/2W8aPCShPh — BBC (@BBC) June 23, 2018 There are tireless occasions where we are held responsible for our offhand…

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White foam engulfs Dandenong Creek

Melbourne’s east residents recorded a strange white foam that was spotted floating along Dandenong Creek which environmental scientists believe is detergent or surfactants. Chief Executive Officer at Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM) Professor Vincent Pettigrove said, “Obviously, there was a large quantity of this pollutant in the stream and is likely to…

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Climate change pushing a sun burnt country to its limits

As described best by Dorothea Mackellar, Australian’s “love a sun burnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains”. The love for Australia’s unique landscape stretches far past her jewel-sea, with over 8 million international tourists visiting in 2016. But would these tourists still endure the gruelling flight…

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