25 Aug 2014

Fisheries Newsletter News Bits – Sunscreen and Plankton

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Sunscreen may be TOXIC to sea creatures and disrupt the ocean’s food chain, scientists warn
Phytoplankton. Credit: Noaa

  • Spanish scientists looked at the environmental impact of sunscreen
  • Sunscreen ingredients Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide react with UV light
  • They form compounds such as hydrogen peroxide
  • High amounts of hydrogen peroxide could harm phytoplankton
  • If this happens, larger animals which feed on the plankton could be affected

Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2730630/Sunscreen-TOXIC-sea-creatures-disrupt-oceans-food-chain-scientists-warn.html