Time’s up for GMT
We’re on the final day of the year 2008, and it’ll be a long day!
Since 1972, a “leap second” has been added, to correct differences between the atomic clock and the earth’s rotation, with one planned for 31st December 2008.
In 2011, the International Telecommunications Union plan to vote on abolishing the leap second. Instead, there’d be a leap-hour every 600 years.
The practical upshot is that the time we use would be UTC, not GMT, and it will become increasingly difficult to tell the time from the position of the sun and the stars. GMT would lose its status as a timezone.
Want to keep GMT? Sign the petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save_gmt/