Daylight Saving Time: ‘Fall back’ continues despite questions about benefits

1 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Daylight Saving Time: ‘Fall back’ continues despite questions about benefits.

One of the most commonly offered rationales for Daylight Saving Time (yes, it’s “Saving,” not “Savings”) is the presumption that by extending summer daylight later into the evening, Americans would use less energy. Then again, researchers at the University of Alabama Birmingham reported in 2012 that the spring adjustment led to a 10% increase in heart attack risk. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in 1996 reporting an 8% increase in traffic accidents on the Monday following the spring shift. “When DST begins in the spring, robbery rates for the entire day fall an average of 7 percent, with a much larger 27 percent drop during the evening hour that gained some extra sunlight,” the Brookings Institution reported Thursday, citing research from the think tank’s upcoming paper in the The Review of Economics and Statistics,.

Others like it so much they want it to be kept year round (standard time, by the way, is standard in name only … we go seven months of the year now with the extra hour tacked on at the end of the day). Brookings, for instance, seems to be on board with the year-round DST approach, saying the costs and dangers are associated less with the shift forward than the constant back and forth. “We could easily avoid them by moving to year-round DST — that is, permanently shifting that hour of daylight to the evening, and then leaving our clocks alone,” Jennifer L.

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