European Union orders review of daylight saving time

by / Saturday, 10 February 2018 / Published in Absolute Data


European Union orders review of daylight saving time

published on The BBC, on February 8, 2018

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The European Parliament has backed a review of daylight saving time, a move that could stop clocks switching back and forward between winter and summer.

EU lawmakers called for the European Commission to launch a “full evaluation” of the current system and come up with new plans, if necessary.

Supporters of the current system say it saves energy and reduces traffic accidents.

But critics argue it can cause long-term health problems.

Current EU law stipulates a common date in spring and autumn on which clocks must be put forward and back by one hour in all 28 member states.

The idea is that it provides extra evening daylight in summer and extra morning daylight in winter.

But opinions remain divided all over the world about the benefits of the system.

Last month, Finland called for daylight saving to be abolished across the EU after a petition gathered more than 70,000 signatures from citizens asking the state to give up the practice.

During the debate in Strasbourg, France, MEP Karima Delli said moving clocks forward to summer time left people tired and led to increased accidents.

“Studies that show an increase in road accidents or sleep trouble during the time change must be taken seriously”, the French MEP said, adding that estimated energy savings were “not conclusive”.

Belgian lawmaker Hilde Vautmans, however, said that changing daylight saving could mean either losing an hour of daylight every day for seven months in summer or sending children to school in the dark for five months over winter.

In 2014, Russia switched to permanent winter time after a failed experiment that had put clocks on year-round summer time.

Russian MPs said permanent summer time had created stress and health problems, especially in northern Russia where mornings would remain darker for longer during the harsh winter months.


4 Responses to “European Union orders review of daylight saving time”

  1. Mariela Tage son says : Reply

    I really like the idea to abolish all those idea to change, the time in the winter and changing the time in the summer,
    how about just let Mother Earth do her job and we the people can go around Mother Earth.,
    not man-made time… time for us to take the power back.

  2. M. Battaglia says : Reply

    I find it interesting that the artwork depicted in your previous 2/8/18 post… suggests an earth wobble as the night time-lapse photography surely shows a shift in the Earth axis as depicted in the concentric circle pathways of the star lit sky. It should depict an uninterupted arc not a two directional arc…Therefore if there is an earth wobble there would be an alternation in the sunrise and sunset times and location. If the EU controls the time they can alter the seemingly time of dawn and dusk…via electronic time change on cell phones and computers…leaving us none the wiser for a while until it becomes unquestionably changed…

  3. Tallison says : Reply

    I see this issue as another piece of taking back our power that has been stolen. Yes abolish day light savings time. One more illusion pressed on the people.

  4. Rick Mc says : Reply

    Compromise by adjusting the time to the average of the two. How about moving winter time ½ hour toward the spring time and the spring time ½ hour toward the winter time and not change it again…

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