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Calls for Daylight Saving Time to be scrapped






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People want Daylight Saving Time (DST) to end. DST is the semi-annual practice of putting clocks backwards an hour in the autumn and forwards an hour in the spring. It is to have an extra hour of evening daylight over the summer months. Scientists are questioning the value of changing the time. They say it could be harmful to our health and increase energy costs. The states of California and Massachusetts in the USA are considering ending DST. Lawmakers there say it has no meaning today because we have electric lights and people work around the clock.

People who support DST say it saves energy because lights are turned on later. They argue people do more outdoor activities, so it is good for physical and psychological health. They also say it cuts traffic accidents and crime. People who support DST include city workers, shop owners, people who do outdoor sports, and tourism companies. People who want DST to end say it increases energy costs and causes health risks. The number of heart attacks and strokes can increase because of changes to our body clock. With less rest, people make more mistakes, so accidents increase.

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