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♻️ Data point of the day: 5. That's the number of companies responsible for supplying about one-quarter of the world's plastics, including Dow, ExxonMobil and Sinopec, a new report found.
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🎶 Lorde returns with a clean energy-themed single, "Solar Power," which is today's intro tune.