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Patient Environment Action Team

A team which undertakes peer reviews of NHS trusts’ compliance with UK Department of Health standards across a range of parameters, including food, cleanliness, infection control and patient environment (bathrooms, décor, lighting, patient areas). PEATs include people from outside the trust (e.g., from infection control), personnel and patient representatives, and provide a local “snapshot” of the hospital environment on the day of the visit. A PEAT report is produced after each site visit, and may include an action plan if the required standards are not being met.

peat

an accumulation of dead plant material formed in wet conditions in bogs or fens in the absence of oxygen so that decomposition is incomplete. It is usually acidic.
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Peat swamp forests are also important for humans that live near them because they provide food, water, timber sources, and fuel.
schlegelii is habitat loss due to deforestation, illegal logging, palm oil plantation, urbanization, fishing activities, and forest fires at peat swamps [24].
Although there is doubtlessly some truth in this, the study under review here argues that on this scale the forest fires are not older than 20 years, and that they are mainly caused by desiccated peatlands (peat swamps) havingbeen set alight, or accidentally having caught fire.
The comparison was mainly limited to taxa known to occur in peat swamp forest, and in adjacent vegetational environments such as mangrove and riverine (or riparian) vegetation.
Scientists from Bangor University were part of an international team in Malaysia examining deforestation of peat swamps, which are being cleared to make way for oil palm trees.
But conservationists say that deal was violated when the government gave a license to PT Kallista Alam last year to convert 4,000 acres of the Tripa peat swamp. Three other companies are already operating in the area.
Tropical peat swamp forests in Indonesia are in rapid decline because of drainage operations, logging, land conversion and fires.
It's even worse if you're burning a tropical peat swamp forest, which stores huge amounts of sequestered carbon (this is how Indonesia became them world's biggest greenhouse gas producer other than the U.S.
Covering an area of more than 400,000 hectares, the park embraces a variety of different ecosystems, including tropical heath forest, peat swamp forest and mangrove forest.
Firefighters are battling to contain the spread of peat swamp fires which have ravaged over 70 hectares in Kuala Baram so far, resulting in air quality reaching hazardous level over the past two days.
Peat swamp forests are also important for humans that live near them, because they provide food, water, timber sources, and fuel.
a negative feedback loop has been established whereby the production activities of business and small holders cause problems such as peat swamp deforestation and peatland fires that, in turn, hinder the production and social/economic activities of the same businesses and smallholders." That is true, the loop is negative: the more deforestation and fire, the less production and activities which cause deforestation and fire.