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The European Space Agency estimated in 2017 that there were 19,894 pieces of space junk circling the Earth, coming to a combined weight of least 8,135 tonnes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Space Junk Solution Would Clean Up Debris With Ion Beams," 27 Sep. 2018 Most of the lifeforms discovered are bacteria and other single-cell microorganisms, such as archaea, but their sheer mass equals roughly 15 to 23 billion tonnes of carbon—more than humanity's total imprint on the surface. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Vast Ecosystem of Underground Organisms Holds More Life Than Earth's Oceans," 11 Dec. 2018 Most of it was grown in Afghanistan, where political instability and rural poverty helps to explain why production reached 9,000 tonnes. The Economist, "Global drug production," 28 June 2018 The results suggest that India is the country likely to bear the highest cost per tonne of CO2, at a mid-range estimate of US$86. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "The US would suffer some of the biggest costs of climate change," 30 Sep. 2018 The lift capacity drops to 50 tonnes (49 long / 55 short tons) at 210 feet (64m) from center, and a single rotation about its pedestal takes roughly 10 minutes. Tom Fowlks, Popular Mechanics, "The Floating Crane That Went From Tending Nazi U-Boats To Fixing the Panama Canal," 1 Aug. 2018 The Long March 5 can carry about 25 tonnes into low orbit, roughly double the maximum load of China’s next most powerful rocket. The Economist, "Hainan aims highChina’s ambitions in space are growing," 20 Jan. 2018 To be on course to meet this goal, the Committee on Climate Change, an independent advisory body, says that Britain’s aviation sector needs to cap its emissions at 37.5m tonnes of the gas a year. The Economist, "Heathrow’s third runway could be blown off course by pollution," 28 June 2018 France's 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday afternoon was met with tonnes of talking points., "Twitter Reacts as Paul Pogba and VAR Take Over France's Win Against Australia," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of tonne

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tonne

French, from tonne tun, from Old French — more at tunnel

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