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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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She said: "Understanding how land use interacts with climate extremes in peatlands is essential to inform which management practices best maintain and enhance peatland carbon storage.
Prof Waldron said: 'We were keen to determine whether we could use carbon-14 dating to measure the pulse of the carbon cycle at both peatland sites.
Rompas said the permanent moratorium still did not provide adequate protection for primary forest and peatland in the long run, blaming a lack of punishment and loopholes in regulations.
There are about 900sqkm of peatland in the North Pennines and most of this is blanket bog, a unique type of peat habitat, found only in cool, wet regions of the world.
The road passed right through the centre of a peatland which has started depleting and as a result water supply to the downstream part below the road has stopped.
"Our current collaborative approach means we have been able to achieve a great deal for the environment by working in partnership in these areas to improve biodiversity, peatland and water quality.
"Lichen from peatlands was used to dye wool, while priority was given to rush candle making at a time when wax candles were taxed."
Considering the significance and large uncertainties in the knowledge about the CAR in different geographical locations, it is necessary to seek a deeper understanding of peatland CAR over a longer timescale, e.g.
'Tropical peatland is a very important Sarawak resource.
"This has important ramifications as it suggests that peatland carbon sinks will initially store more carbon -- counteracting warming to some extent -- before switching to releasing more carbon and reinforcing global warming.
"Peatland fires burn downward, but when there's wind, which brings oxygen, the fires can erupt into flames," Latvian fire services spokesman Inta Palkavniece told reporters.
The truth is, RSPO certification prevents us from seeing that our reliance on palm oil, as it is currently produced, leads to unbridled levels of greenhouse gas emissions through the loss of our two most valuable carbon sequestering resources: forests and peatland. Despite Indonesia's Presidential ban on clearing peatland, despite the RSPO's principals and criteria which state there shall be no clearing of primary forest, and despite consumer brand commitments to only use "sustainably sourced" raw materials, we are still producing unprecedented levels of carbon dioxide in our quest to reduce greenhouse gases.