Lawson Brigham is a distinguished professor of geography and Arctic Policy at IARC. He’s also a former Coast Guard icebreaker captain and maritime-law expert who has spent the last 25 years helping work toward the recent adoption of the Polar Code by the International Maritime Organization and international shippers from many nations.

The Polar Code details amendments to existing maritime shipping agreements. As Arctic waters lose more and more ice, it has become critically necessary to codify regulations that will require bigger freight and passenger ships to be equipped to operate safely in circumpolar regions, with crews adequately trained to pilot the vessels.

The new regulations will be phased in over the next two years. Read the full story at KUAC