EU Just Voted To Scrap Daylight Saving Hours
Daylight saving hours are both celebrated and loathed by people around the world whose countries still adopt them. They've been around for decades but have been problematic in some areas of society.
Every year the clocks go back in the autumn and forward in the summer to adjust for the angle of earth.
Well, it looks like the European Union won't have to worry about it anymore after the parliament voted to scrap the controversial time changes. MEPs voted overwhelmingly for the move, with 410 for the move and 192 against.
It will come into effect on April, 2021.
Marita Ulvskog, the MEP in charge of the time change file told the EU parliament yesterday: "New technology and different ways of living mean that we no longer earn anything (from time change), in fact we don't save.
"We are listening to the demand of EU citizens who feel that this bi-annual change of time damages their health.
"But we cannot allow for a patch work of different times to exist in the EU, so we expect member states to coordinate their decision."
But this is just a vote on the overarching issue of daylight saving time - each country now needs to make a decision on whether they adopt it.
It seems like it will be an easy decision for some countries and a much tougher one for others. In Poland and Finland, a whopping 95 percent want the clock to stay the same all year round, whereas the number was closer to 50/50 in Greece, Cyprus and Malta.
According to the Metro, while the UK is set to leave the EU (whenever that actually happens), it will stick to British Summer Time (BST).
It seems as though this has been a move that's been a long time coming and supported from most people living in the UK.
A survey released in September last year found 84 percent of people in the European Union wanted to scrap daylight saving time.
According to the BBC, MPs in the UK said the move would reduce illness, road accidents and energy consumption. However, critics said that it would negatively effect mornings in the north of the country in the winter months.
Research cited in a resolution tabled to the EU parliament last year claimed that in the days immediately after the clocks are changed, elderly people are at extra risk of heart problems, road accidents increase by a third and kids' performance at school goes down as 'the the human body is made for a steady biorhythm'.
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