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New UN data shows that annual financial aid from wealthy nations to poor countries for fighting climate change and adapting to its effects reached over $70 billion in 2016, according to Bloomberg.

Why it matters: The report arrives ahead of the next major UN climate summit in Poland next month, and climate finance will be among the items on the agenda, the story notes.

A 2009 summit produced an agreement to mobilize $100 billion annually by 2020.

The intrigue: per Bloomberg, "While the amount of funds has been rising, both the U.S. and Australia have stopped contributing to the Green Climate Fund, raising concerns that their pledges won’t be met."

The big picture: Recent scientific reports that underscore the dire consequences of letting warming rise by more than 2°C (or 3.6˚F) above pre-industrial levels, and major harms even if warming is limited to 1.5°C (or 2.7˚F).

Nonetheless, global carbon emissions are on a trajectory that scientists say will lead to far higher levels of warming, and worldwide emissions are rising again after a multi-year plateau that ended last year.

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Collins helps contractor before pro-Susan PAC gets donation

Sen. Susan Collins during her reelection campaign. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

A PAC backing Sen. Susan Collins in her high-stakes reelection campaign received $150,000 from an entity linked to the wife of a defense contractor whose firm Collins helped land a federal contract, new public records show.

Why it matters: The executive, Martin Kao of Honolulu, leaned heavily on his political connections to boost his business, federal prosecutors say in an ongoing criminal case against him. The donation linked to Kao was veiled until last week.

How cutting GOP corporate cash could backfire

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Companies pulling back on political donations, particularly to members of Congress who voted against certifying President Biden's election win, could inadvertently push Republicans to embrace their party's rightward fringe.

Why it matters: Scores of corporate PACs have paused, scaled back or entirely abandoned their political giving programs. While designed to distance those companies from events that coincided with this month's deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, research suggests the moves could actually empower the far-right.

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Scoop: Kaine, Collins pitch Senate colleagues on censuring Trump

Sen. Tim Kaine speaks with Sen. Susan Collins. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP via Getty Images

Sens. Tim Kaine and Susan Collins are privately pitching their colleagues on a bipartisan resolution censuring former President Trump, three sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.

Why it matters: Senators are looking for a way to condemn Trump on the record as it becomes increasingly unlikely Democrats will obtain the 17 Republican votes needed to gain a conviction in his second impeachment.