Climate Change: Frequently Asked Questions About the 2015 Paris Agreement [June 28, 2017] [open pdf - 962KB]
"Debate continues in the United States over whether and how the federal government should address human-related climate change. A large majority of scientists and governments accept that stabilizing the concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere and avoiding further GHG-induced climate change would require concerted effort by all major emitting countries. Toward this end, 195 governments attending the 21st Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, France, adopted an agreement in 2015 outlining goals and a structure for international cooperation to address climate change and its impacts over decades to come. The 'Paris Agreement' (PA) is subsidiary to the UNFCCC, a treaty that the United States ratified with the advice and consent of the Senate and that entered into force in 1994."
CRS Report for Congress, R44609
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html