Emails stolen from the University of East Anglia allegedly show scientists were willing to manipulate data on climate change. Climate change sceptics say the scandal casts doubt on the argument that man made greenhouse gases cause global warming.
The row is in danger of scuppering an international deal at Copenhagen later this month to tackle temperature rise.
In order to limit damage to the scientific community and public trust in the science around climate change, the UEA have launched an independent inquiry.
"Independent investigation" my astrolabe!
The University of East Anglia is investigating itself!
How is that "independent?"