Daylight Savings Time 2008

October 26th, 2008

Today I woke up and kinda’ thought I was daydreaming as the time was 6:45 am and I usaually wake up at 8 am. So what happened? – the atomic clock has gone crazy I tell you:) – Current time stoped for an hour and we’ve gone into timeless space. Now you actally had an opportunity to use that hour to make something you’ve forgotten on just sleep an hour longer:)

Now lets learn what Daylight Savings Time is from Google Knol:

What is daylight saving time?

Daylight saving time (DST) is the time of year during which the world clocks are set forward one hour ahead of standard time. Note, that the correct phrase is “daylight saving time” and not “daylight savings time”. In Britain, the common name is “summer time”.

When does the time change?

Moving the clock an hour forward is also reffed as “springing forward” (since it takes place on spring) and moving it an hour backwards – “falling back” (in the fall). Most DST transition occur on March-April and September-October, but the exact dates change often due the controversy of implementing DST. For updated information on DST transition times click here.

Which countries use DST?

  • Most of the developed countries use DST.
  • US: all states except Arizona and Hawaii
  • Europe: all countries.
  • Australia: all except Queensland and Northern Territory (Lord Howe Island moves the clock by 30 minutes)
  • Canada: all except Quebec, most of Saskatchewan, and parts of British Colombia
  • Asia: Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, parts of Japan (unofficially)
  • Africa: Egypt, Mauritius, Namibia, Tunisia
  • South America: Chile, Brazil (some areas), Argentina, Cuba
  • Learn more: time-and-date

What is it good for?

By moving the clock an hour forward, it’s possible to provide more daylight at the end of the working day.This means more leisure time for the working people. The main reason for implementing DST in the first place was to save energy, however there’s still controversy as to the economic advantages. For example, Chile has decided to adopt DST in 2008 due to economic difficulties. A recent experiment in DST and energy saving in Indiana proved the opposite.

On the other hand, there are many disadvantages to DST, such as confusion (a reason why DST was abandoned in China, for example) and adjustment problems (many report being drowsy on the first few days after DST end). The agriculture industry usually opposes DST since it requires them to get up very early for work. Electronic equipment, such as computers and VCRs often have trouble adjusting to DST, which may couse confusion and bugs.

Also Learn more from Wikipedia: Daylight saving time

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