The truth is that the e-mails, while unseemly, do little to change the overwhelming scientific consensus on the reality of man-made climate change. But they do hand a powerful political card to skeptics at the start of perhaps the most important environmental summit in history. Still don't know what to make of it? If you're struggling to untangle the details of the e-mail controversy, here are five key things you need to know:
Recently, 1000+ documents leaked from one of the climate change research organizations have been getting a lot of attention. Some have called it proof that global climate change is a sham. It's not. In this article, Time offers a good analysis of the situation, including the basics of how it came about, what's in the emails in questions, and what it all means.