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How fast is the ambulance service where you live?

How fast is the ambulance service where you live?

Health
Critically injured patients in rural areas are at risk due to the time it takes the ambulance service to reach them, a BBC investigation has found. Some rural communities wait more than 20 minutes on average for 999 crews or trained members of the community to reach life-threatening cases such as cardiac arrests and stab victims.A response should come in six to eight minutes, depending on where you live.Experts said delays could make the difference between life and death.This was particularly the case for cardiac arrests where "every second counts", the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said. For the full interactive experience, please update your browser or enable JavaScript. Urgent ambulance response times ...
Fast food giants under fire on climate and water usage

Fast food giants under fire on climate and water usage

Science
A coalition of investors is calling on McDonalds, KFC, and other fast food suppliers to take swift action on climate change.The group, with around $ 6.5 trillion under management, want the chains to cut carbon and water risks in their dairy and meat suppliers. Animal agriculture, they argue, is one of the highest emitting sectors without a low CO2 plan.They're calling for public, time limited targets for reducing impacts.The investors group have targeted some of the largest companies in the global fast food sector that's said to be worth $ 570bn.These include the owners of McDonalds, Domino's Pizza, Burger King, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Wendy's, Pizza Hut and KFC. More than 80 investors have signed a letter to the fast food giants asking them to "enact mea...
Navy accepts delivery of USNS Burlington Expeditionary Fast Transport

Navy accepts delivery of USNS Burlington Expeditionary Fast Transport

Business
Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy accepted its tenth Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport, or EPF 10, from Austal USA on Nov. 15th, according to Navy press release USNS Burlington will be owned and operated by the Military Sealift Command and will be used in a variety of missions including overseas contingency operations, humanitarian assistance and special operations forces support. "Burlington will provide tremendous flexibility to combatant commanders in the fleet," Strategic and Theater Sealift program manager Capt. Scott Searles said in a release."EPF 10 will enhance our forward presence and provide a variety of capabilities to U.S. operations around the globe." The EPF is designed to carry up to 600 tons of cargo and 312 troops plus Military Sealift Command attachments over 1,3...
The Amazon is evolving, but not adapting as fast the climate is changing

The Amazon is evolving, but not adapting as fast the climate is changing

Science
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- According to a new survey of the Amazon, the planet's largest forest is shifting its composition in response to climate change. Unfortunately, the research suggests the Amazon isn't evolving fast enough. The climate is changing faster than the Amazon can adapt. Most noticeably, scientists found moisture-loving tree species are dying off faster than they can be replaced by species that can withstand drier conditions. Droughts during the last decades have damaged large portions of the Amazon. "The ecosystem's response is lagging behind the rate of climate change," Adriane Esquivel Muelbert, geographer at the University of Leeds, said in a news release. "The data showed us that the droughts that hit the Amazon basin in the last decades had serious consequences for the makeup ...
Deprived areas 'have five times more fast food outlets'

Deprived areas 'have five times more fast food outlets'

Health
Deprived areas such as Blackpool and parts of Manchester and Liverpool have five times more fast food outlets than affluent areas, a survey suggests. The data, from Public Health England (PHE), compared levels of deprivation with numbers of takeaways such as chip shops, burger bars and pizza places. Experts say children exposed to fast food on the way home from school are more likely to eat unhealthily. PHE wants local authorities to refuse applications from new takeaways. One in three children is now overweight or obese by the age of 11.And children from poorer areas are more than twice as likely to be overweight. Adults are also affected, with research in Cambridge indicating people living closest to the largest number of fas...