Scope of hacked climate email review announced

Several Capitol Hill Republicans who oppose mandatory emissions curbs, along with other climate skeptics, allege the years of messages show that prominent climate scientists have sought to squelch information that undercuts the case that global warming is occurring.

But the scientists and other advocates of curbing greenhouse gas emissions say the messages have been taken out of context, and do nothing to dent evidence of human-induced warming.

The probe, to be completed next spring, will be headed by Sir Muir Russell, who chairs the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland and is a former principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Glasgow.