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Here we go again... Daylight saving time: When and why we spring clocks forward

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Here we go again... Daylight saving time: When and why we spring clocks forward

Friendly reminder: daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. (local time) on Sunday, March 11, which means it's almost time to "spring" those clocks forward. Sadly, yes, we'll lose an hour of sleep. But on the bright side (literally), we'll be gaining an hour of evening light through Nov. 4 -- when it's time to "fall" back. Daylight saving time will be extra special this year, as it marks the 100th anniversary of the event. The tradition of turning clocks forward officially began on March 19, 1918. Here's what you need to know about the soon-to-be century-old tradition. When did...

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Florida may pass "Sunshine Protection Act" and go on Daylight Saving Time all year round

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Florida may pass "Sunshine Protection Act" and go on Daylight Saving Time all year round

This is a very good idea that all of North America should consider. At sunset on some beaches in Florida, a lot of people gather with a bottle of wine and applaud the sunset. An extra hour of sunshine in the evening would just extend the party. That's one reason that the wonderfully named "Sunshine Protection Act" is working its way through the Florida legislature. It makes a lot of sense; the sponsor of the bill notes that stores serving tourists would do more business, and schools could save money lighting their softball fields. Another sponsor noted: Studies have found...

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Four ways that falling back from Daylight Saving Time can kill you

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Four ways that falling back from Daylight Saving Time can kill you

We go through this ridiculous change for no good reason at all, yet it is unhealthy and dangerous. For years I have been railing on about why we still have Railway Time, our time zone system developed for the convenience of those who wrote train schedules and then TV guides. Twice a year I complain about War Time, the Daylight Saving Time developed in the First World War to save coal and keep people working in the factories longer. Except the war is over and we now have air conditioning and artificial lighting, so it doesn't actually save any energy...

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Daylight Saving Time Is Even Weirder Than You Think

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Daylight Saving Time Is Even Weirder Than You Think

People in the United States will feel a bit more rested on November 5, as daylight saving time 2017 comes to an end. The clocks fall back at 1 a.m. local time that Sunday, ensuring another precious hour of sleep and a corresponding extra hour of daylight during common working hours. You’ve probably heard that Ben Franklin kind of proposed daylight saving time (also erroneously called daylight savings time) centuries before it was implemented, and that the twice-yearly switch was initially adopted to save us money on energy needs. But if you dig deeper, you’ll find out that the daylight-hoarding...

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Time for a change in the way we tell time?

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Time for a change in the way we tell time?

In the appropriately named New York Times, James Gleick uses the switch from daylight to standard time to make a case for dropping time zones altogether, writing: Most people would be happy to dispense with this oddity of timekeeping, first imposed in Germany 100 years ago. But we can do better. We need to deep-six not just daylight saving time, but the whole jerry-rigged scheme of time zones that has ruled the world’s clocks for the last century and a half.... Let us all — wherever and whenever — live on what the world’s timekeepers call Coordinated Universal Time, or...

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