Journalists appeared to erupt in cheers Saturday afternoon after representatives from nearly 200 countries agreed to adopt the Paris Agreement, a major accord vowing to fight global warming.
Before the climate change deal was announced formally by officials in Paris, members of the press reportedly gathered close to cover the event, watching anxiously from a large room on site to hear news of the final agreement.
"Watching [the Paris Agreement] close [with] other journos," the Economist's Miranda Johnson tweeted from the French capital.
She then compared the event to the suspense of watching a major 2002 soccer match between England and Brazil.
Then the moment of truth arrived: A representative announced that the deal had passed, and that 195 counties had agreed to work together to fight climate change.
The reaction from the journalists reportedly on hand was a mixture of excitement and unbridled jubilation, as a video Johnson uploaded to social media showed.
"WE HAVE A #ParisAgreement," she exulted in a tweet.
Johnson later deleted her tweet comparing the Paris Agreement to the 2002 soccer match.
The event in Paris was crowded, and it likely featured overflow seating for both media and non-media attendees. It's possible that the crowd seen in Johnson's video included non-press environmental activists and other supporters of efforts to combat climate change.
The Paris Agreement will seek to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and then eliminate it altogether. Early reports indicate that there will be no economic sanctions imposed on countries that don't sign on to the accord.
The pact aims to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius, with an eye to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Johnson did not respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.