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Recent Examples on the Web Copper broke through $10,000 per tonne yesterday, up more than 28% YTD as the commodities trade takes off. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global stocks rebound—but nothing can beat the surge in Dogecoin," 5 May 2021 The equivalent figure for schemes that support the sale of low-carbon heating systems, by contrast, is €200 per tonne. The Economist, "Green maths What is the cheapest way to cut carbon?," 22 Feb. 2021 At Euro 35 per tonne, headline 2019 earnings per share (EPS) would have declined from €3.85 to €2.38, a drop of 38%. Frank Van Gansbeke, Forbes, "Sustainability And The Downfall Of Danone CEO Faber (1/2)," 20 Mar. 2021 Workers at the scene reportedly attempted to refloat the 220,000 tonne ship several times, but early attempts were met with failure. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Suez Canal blocked after massive container ship gets stuck," 23 Mar. 2021 Economic contraction would be among the most expensive abatement solutions costing US$2,000 per tonne of CO2 according to Cameron Hepburn at Oxford University. Dimitri Zenghelis, Forbes, "Can We Be Green And Grow?," 19 Mar. 2021 Copper, meanwhile, has shot above $9,000 per tonne for the first time in nine years and could easily test the previous all-time high set in February 2011. Frank Holmes, Forbes, "Inflation Is Coming For Your Wealth. Here's What Investors Can Do About It," 26 Feb. 2021 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

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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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8 May 2021

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“Tonne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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