metric ton


Definition of metric ton 

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

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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 Two weeks after Washington announced the Rusal sanctions, aluminum prices peaked intraday around $2,700 a metric ton, or 35% higher than presanctions levels. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "What’s Spooking Boeing and Ford? Wild Aluminum Prices," 7 May 2018 As the Science Advances study notes, plastic packaging and single-use plastics tend to enter the waste stream, contributing to a total of 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste generated worldwide. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Thanks to China, over 100 million metric tons of plastic waste will soon have nowhere to go," 22 June 2018 In January of this year, China accepted just over 11,000 metric tons of mixed paper and 5,000 metric tons of plastic scrap. Author: David Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts ‘foreign garbage’," 3 July 2018 Scientists estimate that a total of about 8 million metric tons of plastic waste flows into the oceans every year. James Rainey /, NBC News, "Top items from beach cleanup: plastics, plastics and more plastics," 27 June 2018 The world’s 700 million iPhones make up roughly a tenth of a million metric tons. Fortune, "China Just Handed the World a 111 Million Ton Trash Problem," 20 June 2018 Previous research has suggested that the world can only emit another 200 billion to 400 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide before overshooting the target. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "World Has Only 20 Years to Meet Ambitious 1.5-Degree C Warming Threshold," 19 June 2018 The new paper estimates that between 1992 and 2011, Antarctica lost ice at a rate of 76 billion metric tons per year, but since then, the rate has increased to 219 billion metric tons per year. Mejs Hasan, WIRED, "How Scientists Tracked Antarctica's Stunning Ice Loss," 13 June 2018

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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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