A meeting in London this week will be the last chance for the IMO to agree on GHG emission mitigation ahead of the crucial UN climate conference in Copenhagen in December.

In the 12 years since the Kyoto protocol was established, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has not enacted a single measure to tackle climate change from international shipping.

The world’s seas are gradually filling with an increasing volume of waste, with plastic making up the single largest part of pollution in the marine environment.

According to a new report authored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Washington-based advocacy group The Ocean Conservancy, cited by Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa), Plastic accounts for up to 80 percent of marine waste pollution in some waters, according to the report which was published in Washington and Nairobi to mark World Oceans Day on June 8.

The Pew Environment Group and EU Transparency launched www.fishsubsidy.org, a new website dedicated to presenting data on fishing subsidies between 1994 and 2006.

This means both the public and those working in EU institutions can see for themselves who has been receiving EU subsidies.