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There is a multi-billion-dollar funding shortage for nature conservation, and what money is raised typically goes to the most popular animals like tigers and gorillas, according to the World Economic Forum. Meanwhile, conservationists struggle with fundraising for less popular (and less cute) animals like rodents, otters, snakes and spiders. Why it matters, per WEF's Bob Smith: "If companies can successfully sell mops and other humdrum products, why can't conservationists raise money to save the unglamorous giant golden mole – even if it looks like a small cushion with a nose poking out of it?"When the World Economic Forum used its EDGE of Existence program to feature obscure, endangered rodents on a fundraising page, they were able to predict that those featured species would raise 26 times the amount of money they would have raised without the marketing.Go deeper: Reed more about the study, here.

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Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

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Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.

Trump pardons Michael Flynn

President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.

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