Goodbye time change, time zone change, okay?

March 30, 2024, 5:00 am

Soon we will change the clocks again from winter time to summer time. And this despite the fact that the time change should have been abolished long ago. But unfortunately the matter is complicated. Perhaps the new time zone approach proposed by Korbinian von Blanckenburg, a professor at the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Technology, will finally give momentum to the debate.

The groundhog greets you every six months: the time change happens again. On March 31, the clocks will go forward from 2 to 3 in the morning, although in 2019 the vast majority of the EU Parliament voted in favor of abolishing the time change.

Although the time change has consequences, for example, for our biorhythms and sleep cycles, it is not simply a matter of deciding to abolish it. Because that also has consequences. On year-round standard or winter time, this would mean that on the summer solstice in mid-June in eastern Poland the sun would shine for 3 to 20 hours. In the west of Spain from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Because the issue is so complicated, Korbinian von Blanckenburg, a professor at the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Technology, has an additional suggestion. If we look at how close the sun really is to the zenith at 12 noon, standard time would be best for Germany. However, as described above, this would be problematic for Poland.

His solution approach: “We need to reorder the time zones. The countries east of Germany are moving to the 'GMT +2' time zone. And Spain is moving to 'GMT' and would therefore be in the same time zone as Portugal or Great Britain.”

The result of the new classification would be that on June 21 the sun would be visible in eastern Poland from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on December 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Germany would have light from 4 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the summer solstice and from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 21. In Spain it would apply on June 21: sun from 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on December 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This topic on the program:MDR KULTUR – The Radio | March 30, 2024 | 07:45 am

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