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Keywords: Limestone industry; Particulate matter; Air pollution’s impacts on public health; Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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SIGNIFICANT STATEMENT: Air pollution is a catastrophic problem that affects the lives of people all over the world. This includes the diverse impacts of air pollution on public health, the environment, and ecosystems in general, including the biosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. This paper addresses the issue of air pollution in the West Bank, Historic Palestine, and specifically discusses the potential effects of air pollution on the public health of Palestinian communities in the areas of research, and provides the necessary recommendations to reduce those effects.


Abstract: The Limestone Industry (LSI) in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), erroneously known as the “Stone and Marble Industry (SMI)”, is a highly lucrative industry, contributing about 25% of the total Palestinian industrial revenues, and about 4.5% of the Gross National Product (GNP). However, although this industry is rewarding to Palestinians in the OPT, in terms of socioeconomics, employment, culture, and heritage, it comes with heavy burdens on the environment and public health. Long-term exposure to air pollution from particulate matter (PMs), generated particularly by LSI, increases the risk of many diseases and problems, including cardiovascular, respiratory, cancers, pregnancy problems, and newborn defects. This paper investigates the effects of LSI on public health in the OPT, by analyzing PMs measurements of different particulate sizes (1.0, 2.5, 7.5, and 10.0 μg/m3) emitted by LSI.

Prof. Dr. Hilmi S. Salem

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This page is a summary of: Possible Public Health Effects Resulting from Exposure to Air Pollution of Particulate Matter Generated from Limestone Industry, Zeugma Biological Science, January 2024, ISRES Publishing,
DOI: 10.55549/zbs.1406526.
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