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DAILY NEWS ANALYSIS

  • 31 March, 2023

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Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time

In Context Of

  • The beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST) was recently postponed by the Government of Lebanon by one month. Greenland has opted to continue using DST indefinitely, meanwhile.
  • On the final Sunday in March, Lebanon normally springs forward an hour. The clocks will be changed this year on April 21 without providing a reason, the Country's Prime Minister announced.

How Does Daylight Saving Time work?

  • The practise of moving the clocks one hour ahead of standard time during the summer and back again in the fall is known as DST, according to Norway-based Time and Date.
  • To maximise the usage of natural light, this is done. Since countries near the equator do not have significant seasonal fluctuations in day length, India does not observe daylight saving time.

What is the Significance of DST?

  • DST proponents contend that it results in extended daylight hours in the evening. People will finish their daily tasks an hour sooner, which results in less energy use due to the additional hour of daylight.
  • To reduce the usage of artificial illumination, Germany and Austria implemented DST in April 1916, during World War I. Many nations adopted it gradually.
  • The last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October are when the 28 EU member nations' clocks advance and fall back, respectively.

What Drawbacks Come with DST?

  • In the US, one hour of missing sleep increases the fatal crash rate by 5.4% to 7.6% for the six days after the change, according to a study published in Popular Science magazine.

Additional research discovered increased workplace accidents following the move that resulted in lost workdays, a minor decline in stock market performance, and health issues brought on by the disturbance of the Circadian Rhythm.

Source: Indian Express


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