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Spring forward and fall back are seasonal markers for most parts of the United States. However, daylight Saving Time is not observed in Hawaii or Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation), and it’s also skipped in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. When it comes to the rest of the world, it’s a mix. In fact, only about 70 percent of countries follow Daylight Savings Time.
Clocks in most European countries are turned back by 1 hour on October 28, 2018 at 01:00.
Next year may be the last time Europeans set their clocks forward 1 hour, as the EU considers scrapping DST permanently in 2019. The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), has recently pushed to end the yearly clock changes in Europe.
If the initiative is successful, the last EU-wide DST period will start on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Each member state would then have the chance to decide if they stay on “summer time” (DST) year-round or change their clocks once more on Sunday, October 27, 2019 to observe permanent standard time in subsequent years. In that case, the upcoming time change would be the last joint switch from DST to standard time in Europe.
According to Europeans, the time changes can lead to imbalances in the body-clock, leading to mood swings, trouble with sleeping, and an increased risk of heart attacks and road accidents. Supporters of ending daylight savings also argue that the twice-yearly time changes cause disruption to businesses and do little to cut energy consumption.
What is your opinion? I personally think that the change is not necessary and we can live without it.
How about you? I’m curious about your perspective?
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