It has been nearly a quarter century since President George H.W. Bush signed, and Congress ratified, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)-the first major accord in which the United States and other countries acknowledged the growing threat of climate change and committed to "prevent[ing] dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system."• In the years since, evidence has continued to mount that ris­ing concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases pose serious threats to public health, infrastructure, and the natural systems our society depends on.

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