News and views from the anti-daylight saving front
The following are a small selection of anti-daylight saving developments, drawn from readers' emails, public domain media releases, and other related websites and information sources.
States , June 2009
The researchers found that, in comparison to other days of the year, the first work day after the forward clock change in March results in an average 40 minutes less sleep, leading to a 5.7% increase in workplace injuries and nearly 68% more work days lost to injuries.
found no ill effects of daylight-saving time in November, when the clocks
South Wales, June 2009
Australia, 16 May 2009
In its strongest
DS referendum result yet, the No vote scored just under 55% of the vote.
West Australians have previously voted on the issue in referendums in
1975, 1984 and 1992.
voters reject daylight saving,' ABC News, 16-17 May 2009
Congratulations to the WA No lobby, led mainly by the Farmers Federation, the Nationals and Labor metropolitan MP Andrew Waddell, which maintained a very strong campaign in the regional areas and a significant profile in Perth.
25 March 2009
According to End Daylight Saving Alaska :
'[The bill] HB19 moved through the Senate State Affairs Committee. Two additional hearings remain.The Senate Community and Regional Affairs Committee (CRA) and the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee (L&C) must hold hearings. These two hearings and a floor vote in the Senate must be held by the end of the second session of this Legislature. The second session will be held next year starting in January 2010.'
Without wanting to get too carried away, this is very exciting news on the anti-daylight saving front. So far, virtually no US anti-daylight saving Bills have ever been able to get beyond the Committee stage. More often than not, they are quietly shelved without even getting to a vote. Not only was this bill voted on in the House, it was actually passed by a substantial majority.
USA, March 2009
The offer is available at any of the company's Caribou Coffee lounges throughout Sunday and Monday.
Michigan USA , February 2009
financial crisis: Chrysler deems clock changing too expensive
is part of its program of dramatic cost-cutting measures, after receiving
$5 billion in Federal government loans to stay in business. Other cost-cutting
moves include halving its number of light bulbs and lowering the temperature
in its buildings.
Western Australia, February 2009
diners shun dark mornings
With its sunrises now moving beyond 7am, Perth has the latest dawn of all the major capital cities. By the end of the DST period, sunrise in Perth will be as late as 7.24am, almost seven minutes after its latest winter dawn.
Australian government voted in a three-year daylight saving trial in 2007.
A statewide daylight saving referendum - its fourth in 30 years - will
be held on 16 May.
Most upbeat commentary about all the advantages of daylight saving's lighter evenings concentrate almost exclusively on those few short weeks at the height of summer. They ignore the increasingly dark mornings in those last few weeks of the annual daylight saving period, which create a lifestyle Purgatory. At the end of the day, the sun is setting earlier anyway - so in what part of the day does the real lifestyle advantage fall?
Western Australia, January 2009
Now political analyst slams daylight saving
has been engaged in a campaign to introduce daylight saving since 2005.
I don't agree, but at least it is committed to balance by allowing me
to mount the case against it.'
light at night doesn't belong in WA,' Perth Now, 31 January
Light of Day also commends Perth Now for allowing Dr Onselen to publish his opinion, despite its history of heavily campaigning for daylight saving. The profound lack of official editorial coverage of the more than justifiable anti-daylight saving case is not something the Australian media can be proud of.
Western Australia, January 2009
saving referendum fixed for 16 May
Similar referendums were held in 1975, 1984 and 1992 – all of which were rejected.
premier, Colin Barnett, has declared that he expects to vote No as he
is 'a morning person'.
saving on May 16,' TheWest.com.au, 27 January
hoping that WA voters are aware that they are being sweetened into answering
what is essentially a trick question.
The question is no doubt being framed in this way to increase the chances of a Yes vote. The late spring and autumn sunrises in WA under the DLS trial, especially on Perth's westerly longitude, have proved to be very unpopular, even in the normally pro-DLS business community.