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Lung Cancer Mortality Risks On the Rise in Chekka

By Elissa Raphael. If environmental risks are high in Chekka, a coastal town situated North Lebanon, its repercussions on itsresidents have become  unacceptable. The environmental advisor Mazen Abboud warns the Health Ministry about "the alarming increase of cases of lung cancer in the region of Chekka, in the vicinity of cement plants." He urged the Ministry to "put this issue high on its priorities," asking to conduct serious studies on the subject and work with departments of Environment, Interior and Industry, to impose standards of clean production.

 

Other environmentalists admit that the population living in the vicinity of the Chekka industrial zone has about 30% at least increased risks of mortality due to lung cancer and cardiopulmonary disease.

 

Asthma cases and respiratory related diseases have been reported among its young population.

Chekka is home to some of the largest cement and paper factories in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Migration to cities is increasing so much that, by 2050, the UN predicts that approximately two thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities.

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  • A fundraising event, entitled Think Green, will be held by Zero Waste ACT for all its business members on September, 10,2013, at WHITE, Dora.
  • The Green Mind Association invited all Green Mind Award Participants, finalists, runner ups and winners to the GREEN MIND DAY on  Jan-16-2013 in Beirut, to create a platform where interested Venture Capital and Potential Investors met with participants.
  • A green initiative launched by Ashrafieh 2020 project aims to transform Ashrafieh into a tranquil and unpolluted area.Green spaces allow residents to walk and ride bicycles.

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