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America needs to have just two time zones and the world should follow suit (Ritchie King, Quartz) Commerce is already operating with many in the Central time zone coordinated with New York and those in the Mountain time zone operating in conjunction with Pacific coast time. Why not make it official and have just two official time zones for the lower 48? See map below. And Hawaii plus all Alaska would be in the next time zone west of California. The author then says that the entire globe should move from 24 time zones to 12 (two hours apart). This would allow Russia to reduce the current 9 time zones to 4 (possibly even 3), put much of Europe in one time zone (from Ireland and Portugal to the western shore of the Black Sea) and allow India to abandon their split hour arrangement.* Mumbai, New York and London would all be changing hours at the same second, not having to figure out what the 30 minute time shift in Mumbau is producing. Australia could have a single time zone (shared with Japan and most of Indonesia) and China two (the western one shared with India).
*India has two time zones. To allow the country to have all areas on the same time they shift the clock 30 minutes ahead in the eastern half of the country (earlier time zone) and 30 minutes back in the western half of the country (later time zone). When the clock changes the hour everywhere else in the world it is changing the half hour in India.
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