n independent review has cleared meteorology professor Michael Mann on all international charges of intellectual dishonesty, one week after Mann was cleared of academic dishonesty by a board of Penn State professors.
The seven-month long review that was led by British educator Muir Russell found -- as all other reviews and inquiries have found -- that there was no scientific misconduct in any of the research on climate change done by Mann and the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in London.
Mann, who said he is pleased with the results, said the international clearings are a turning point and somewhat of a global precedent.
This was a "final hurrah" for climate change deniers -- with the inquiries finding Mann and other climate change researchers not guilty, the scientific research is now solid enough to prove the reality of climate change, Mann said.
"There was no support to allegations made by climate change deniers," he said. "It is not a hoax. Climate change is real."
Those who have denied the changes have resorted to smear campaigns and innuendo, he said.
University spokeswoman Lisa Powers said she hopes the Climategate issue will be put to rest, though she says controversy will always surround the topic.
"We're happy that our portion of the investigation is complete and that we can move on and we hope that others can move on, too," she said.