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What Action Was Taken At This Week's U.N. Climate Action Summit?

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Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, of Sweden, addresses the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on Monday. (Jason DeCrow/AP)
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, of Sweden, addresses the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on Monday. (Jason DeCrow/AP)

Young climate activist Greta Thunberg's address at the U.N. Climate Action Summit went viral this week. In her comments, Thunberg passionately urges the world to act with more urgency and to take more significant steps to address the climate crisis.

While some progress was made at the summit — with increased commitments from cities, businesses and coalitions — Thunberg's pleas were not answered by the world's three biggest greenhouse gas emitters, which includes the U.S.

So, what exactly was accomplished this week and will it be enough?

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Jacob Werksman, principal adviser for the Directorate General For Climate Action for the European Commission.

Werksman will speak at Boston College on Thursday afternoon.

This segment aired on September 26, 2019.

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