World crude steel production for the 63 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute stood at an estimated 80.1 million metric tons (mmt) in December. Global production increased by 7.7 percent compared to December 2002 and by 6.7 percent year-to-date. Chinese production of crude steel stood at 20.2 mmt in December. This is 28.7 percent higher than for the same month in 2002. YTD production in China reached a record 220.1 mmt, and worldwide production reached a record 945.1 mmt in 2003.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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