The long running 'Climategate' has reached its conclusion.
"Climategate?" you ask? Okay, here's 'Climategate' in a nutshell and how it has helped to save the world from making some of the worst mistakes ever.
The mail-server is based in the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, and contained archives of email 'conversations' dating back to the 1990s and up until a few months before 'Climategate'.
Somebody managed to grab a copy of all of those email conversations - a huge data capture - and went through them, redacted some of the personal or identifying information, and a week or two ahead of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in 2009, put over a thousand of them, along with 2,000 documents and some source code being used to analyse data, into the public domain. Very quickly this was called 'Climategate'. Very quickly, even those previously convinced 'man made global warming' was a certainty, realised it actually wasn't.
This was also a turning point in the whole 'man made global warming' fiasco that had previously been reaching fever pitch. The Copenhagen meeting turned out to be the last that was to be feverishly attended by Prime Ministers and Presidents, and the last of the Global Climate Summits to ever be given the place of prominence that something to be taken very seriously should.
From the year of the release of the emails onwards, the massive machinery of Governments slowly started to back pedal. It slowly moved to distance itself from the immediacy of the 'crisis' without actually admitting there now no longer appeared to be an actual 'crisis'. There was still an attraction to the implementation of 'solutions' that might give power over other nations.
The 'damage' to the previously unshakable fear was caused by the contents of the emails. All was not as cut and dried as they were telling us. From the emails we could see 'climate scientists' arguing and openly messing around with computer code to back engineer it to get the results they needed, ganging-up against anybody not adhering to the 'party line' and waging campaigns against anybody not publishing papers that agreed with them. Indeed, they even campaigned to get editors of climate related publications the sack.
Some from the very 'sceptical' community go further, picking on wording like "Hide the decline" (of warming - it hasn't warmed for nearly 20 years now) and build considerable conspiracy theories about the validity of any of the actual science.
Even a lay person can see that they are receiving emails from (the then Labour) Government sources and major broadcasting organisations telling them what is expected in their 'results'.
The 'climate scientists', going by what can be so easily read by anybody, had entered into a frenzy of advocacy and political posturing, getting far too involved manipulating Governments and the public, rather than concentrating just on presenting the real climate science, even if it meant admitting to 'unknowns'.
When 'sceptics' had asked, and then subsequently applied Freedom of Information requests, for raw data and other aspects of their 'workings out' there were frantic emails between the 'climate scientists' advising each other to 'delete everything' rather than make it available to scrutiny.
As analysis of the 'Climategate' emails reached Governments, they too continued to change their own 'crisis speak'.
Two years passed until Climategate 2.0 happened in 2011. This time a further 5,000+ emails were released into the public domain.
Climategate 2.0 brought with it further confirmations of the activities of the 'team' controlling what the world was being told by the 'climate scientists'.
Curiously, it also included a massive locked file. Using a sophisticated password and encryption system, the remainder of all the original 'dump' of emails from the mail server were now 'out there', safely replicated across the internet, and just waiting for the password. What was inside? We all just had to wait.
We waited until yesterday. Yesterday was Climategate 3.0 day. The password was finally passed out, thus releasing the final, and largest, batch of emails into the public domain, some 4 years after the original. Yep, over the coming weeks we'll get to hear all the juicy bits and highlights as the analysis begins. Finally.