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Recent Examples on the Web Pachama, a carbon offsetting company,is selling gifts to help solve climate change, including purchasing verified carbon credits starting at $6 per tonne of carbon. NBC News, "Giving Tuesday 2020: What it is and how to get involved," 1 Dec. 2020 Outside of the United States, a tonne is another way of saying metric ton, which is 1,000 kilograms or 2,204.6 pounds. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Nursing home residents could use a cheerful note," 3 Nov. 2020 Michele Della Vigna of Goldman Sachs, a bank, estimates that the divergent cost of capital for oil and renewables investments implies a price of up to $80 a tonne of carbon dioxide, well above the global average of around $3. The Economist, "The new majors BP and other oil majors v utilities," 26 Sep. 2020 Iron ore has increased from $80 a tonne to over $100. The Economist, "Buttonwood The reasons behind the spectacular rally in metal prices," 11 June 2020 Previous work suggests that events as small as a tonne of explosives going off can be detected. The Economist, "Planetary monitoring A plan to turn the atmosphere into one, enormous sensor," 11 June 2020 Demand in summer 2020 will fall 2.7%, or by 3 million tonnes, compared to the summer of the previous year. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Top State official says clean energy fate hinges on securing supply of metals and minerals," 2 June 2020 This translates into a saving of 4,000 tonnes of oil a year, and a concomitant reduction of around $800,000 in fuel bills. The Economist, "Antifouling technology A new robot may help keep ships’ bottoms clean," 28 May 2020 Some of the report's key findings include: • The estimated total change in emissions from the pandemic amounted to 1,048 million tonnes of carbon dioxide through the end of April. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus lockdowns have caused a whopping 17% drop in global carbon emissions," 19 May 2020

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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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“Tonne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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