metric ton


Definition of metric ton 

: a unit of mass equal to 1000 kilograms — see Metric System Table

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Source: Argus Media The global vanadium market is small, with roughly 80,000 metric tons of the metal produced each year. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Vanadium Is Used to Strengthen Steel and China Can’t Get Enough of It," 27 Dec. 2018 The $20 billion project would yield about 9 million metric tons of products a year. Summer Said, WSJ, "Saudi Aramco in Talks to Buy Stake in Petrochemical Firm," 19 July 2018 Switching to LEDs could offset some of that increase, avoiding the release of more than 390 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. Jess Shankleman,, "How Many Hipsters Does It Take to Change the Lightbulb?," 8 Jan. 2018 But the regional delivery charge attached to that base price for market-specific expenses has more than doubled in the U.S. from a year ago to about $433 per metric ton, offsetting the decline in the base price. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Foreign Aluminum Producers Shake Off U.S. Tariffs," 26 Oct. 2018 Among the transactions raising red flags is a September 2017 invoice presented to Venezuela’s food ministry by Group Grand for $41 million worth of powdered milk at a price of $6,950 per metric ton — more than double the market price at the time. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "As Venezuelans go hungry, Trump targets food corruption," 24 Sep. 2018 Current projections suggest that cleaner kinds of fuel will cost 40% to 50% more per metric ton, but the gap may only become clear when vessels start filling their tanks in 2020. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Clouds Hover Over Shipping’s Key Antipollution Law," 31 Oct. 2018 About 275 million metric tons of plastic waste was generated in 192 coastal countries in 2010, with 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons entering the ocean, according to a 2015 Science magazine report. Gina Martinez, Time, "Starbucks Is Ditching Plastic Straws. Here Are 3 of the Most Common Alternatives," 9 July 2018 That approach led them to a figure of about 700 million metric tons annually. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "If You Don't Like Insects, You Should Love Spiders," 1 June 2017

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1864, in the meaning defined above

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: a unit of mass and weight equal to one million grams

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: a unit of weight equal to 1000 kilograms

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