Experts gathered in London on Monday to work out how the drive to decarbonise shipping can also cut underwater noise.

Noise caused by commercial shipping is increasing, particularly in polar regions, and damaging the ability of marine species to navigate, mate and communicate, the two-day meeting at the International Maritime Organization was told.

The transition to cleaner ships could also cut underwater noise, and environmentalists are looking to the working group to come up with ways of achieving both goals as quickly as possible.