The world's scientific academies have issued a warning that ocean acidification must be on the agenda when countries attempt to forge a new global deal on cutting emissions in Copenhagen in December.

The United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the principle international legal and regulatory initiative to tackle climate change. Seas At Risk has only recently become involved in this forum and the focus of its work is inclusion of emissions from marine fuels (bunkers) in future mitigation targets.

A coalition of NGOs from around the world are calling on the International Maritime Organisation to agree binding GHG emission reduction targets and measures for shipping ahead of December's UNFCCC climate meeting in Copenhagen.