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Act decisively on green initiatives


    Senate Bill 2571, which prohibits the sale and distribution of over-the-counter sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawaii, would take effect January 2021. Supporters point to studies that have found exposure to the two chemicals leave coral more susceptible to bleaching and weaken reef ability to recover from thrashings caused by wastewater discharge and other pollution, over-fishing, invasive species and various other climate change threats.

In the just-ended legislative session, three green-focused initiatives prevailed as first-in-the- nation measures. That’s a profound statement about protection for Hawaii’s delicate ecosystem and human health, but follow- through will be key. Read more

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