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Recent Examples on the Web Completion of this phase—expected to increase production from 125,000-150,000 tonnes of concentrate a year to 560,000 tonnes—has been put back by more than two years, to May 2022 at the earliest. The Economist, "Mongolia seeks better terms for its vast mining project," 26 Nov. 2019 Cheap natural gas could potentially step into the gap instead of renewables, and that would commit us to emitting billions of additional tonnes of CO2. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Nuclear slower and pricier than renewables, says anti-nuclear report," 27 Sep. 2019 Proposed for the steel, cement, and aluminum sectors in 2021, the de facto border tax (pdf) would force importers to buy allowances of CO2 emissions in the EU (now priced around €25 per tonne). Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The EU’s Green Deal wants to use its economic might to compel global emission cuts," 19 Dec. 2019 The couple have grown 100 bags this year (about ten tonnes) and sold almost all of it. The Economist, "Better seeds could help African farmers grow far more," 28 Sep. 2019 According to a source inside the bank, around 70 tonnes of the valuable mineral remain inside its coffers, the lowest amount in decades. Vasco Cotovio, CNN, "A trail of 'bloody gold' leads to Venezuela's government," 20 Aug. 2019 But landings have not hit that height since; in 2018, landings were down to 21,138 tonnes. Bhanu Sridharan, Quartz India, "A little village in southern India may have the secret to sustainable shark fishing," 25 Nov. 2019 By comparison, the nation’s total carbon footprint that year was 449 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, according to the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Washington Post, "No, asthma inhalers are not ‘choking the planet’," 11 Nov. 2019 Mode of transport: Flying Carbon impact: 0.935 tonnes of CO2 (assuming an economy class seat with no offsets) As a rule, Thunberg doesn’t fly. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Greta Thunberg needs to cross the Atlantic again. Here are her options," 3 Nov. 2019

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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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22 Jan 2020

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“Tonne.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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