\ˈtən \

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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 Plenty of fish in the desert Hammouche said Algeria hopes aquaculture in the Sahara will help to nearly double the nation's annual fish production by 2022 from current levels of about 100,000 tonnes a year. Thin Lei Win, The Christian Science Monitor, "Algeria invests in desert fish farming to boost food production," 21 May 2018 Global opium production rose by 65% in 2017, to 10,500 tonnes, the highest level since records began. The Economist, "Global drug production," 28 June 2018 Benchmark cocoa prices in New York are currently running at about $2,500 a tonne, having bounced off a 10-year low of $1,756 hit in 2017 on worries of global oversupply. Marcy Nicholson And Marcelo Teixeira, The Christian Science Monitor, "Brazil plants chocolate forests to save the Amazon," 12 Apr. 2018 By one estimate, vessels intentionally discharge some 276,000 tonnes of oily gunk into the sea each year, nearly half as much as the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewed into the Gulf of Mexico. The Economist, "Avast, me hearties," 5 July 2018 Dubai produces about 8,000 tonnes of waste a day -- about 75% of which is produced by the private sector. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Our children's plastic lives seen through lunches," 7 June 2018 In 2015, of the 5.7 million tonnes of waste generated in Hong Kong, only 35% was recycled. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Our children's plastic lives seen through lunches," 7 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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