The new law, passed unanimously in the U.S. Virgin Islands’ legislature on June 25th, targets three UV-blocking chemicals found in most mainstream commercial sunscreen products.
While it may seem like a good thing, coral habitat replacing seaweed could be seriously detrimental to marine habitats off the coast of Japan and in the Mediterranean.
Australian group Reef Design Labs submerged a 3-D-printed artificial coral reef last month in the Maldives, with the hope that this advanced engineering method will help coral regeneration efforts.
An innovative monitoring system would allow researchers, policymakers, and environmentalists to track reef damaging events across the globe in near-real time.
The Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Mexican Gulf is still the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history, and its effects will be felt for decades to come.