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George Bush leads the US toward a policy of unilateral, pre-emptive counterproliferation warfighting strategy.

Abolish nuclear weapons

The Cold War may be over, but this does not mean nuclear weapons have disappeared. Far from it: There are over 30,000 nuclear weapons in the world, with more than a thousand of them ready to launch at a moment's notice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Over 400 reactors in warships and nuclear submarines are still circlingthe globe. Some are rotting away on the bottom of the ocean or in adistant port somewhere in Russia. Accidents such as the Russiansubmarine, the Kursk, tragically sinking in the Barents Sea can happenevery day, anywhere.

Over 2,000 nuclear weapons tests have left a legacy of global andregional contamination. People living near the test sites have sufferedfrom cancers, stillbirths, miscarriages and other health effects -- and are still suffering today. Manyhad to leave their hometown or island as it became too contaminated tolive there.

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The nuclear threat has quite literally scaled down in the last twodecades. While the prospect of an all out exchange of arsenals betweenRussia and the US has receded, the 15 kilotons of destructionthat obliterated Hiroshima could today be accomplished with a lunch-boxsized bomb. George Bush talks openly of developing new "more useable"nuclear weapons. Even more alarmingly, the administration continues toseek approval for a programme geared toward designing more robust, more'usable' nuclear weapons.

The prospects of a nuclear weapon actuallybeing used are perhaps greater today than during the cold war.

Today, the number of countries involved in active weapons programsis increasing. A growing number of countries are lining up to join thenuclear club, increasing the chance that a nuclear catastrophe willhappen somewhere on the planet. 

George Bush's war on Weapons of Mass Descruction had its firstconcrete result when the number of countries in the world with declarednuclear weapons increased to 8 from 7, when North Korea announced thatit had built "enough nuclear weapons to deter a US attack."

Nuclear brinkmanship is inevitable in a climate of nuclearhypocrisy. Only when all countries pursue nuclear disarmament in goodfaith can we begin putting the nuclear genie back in the bottle bybanning the use and manufacture of the nuclear materials at the heart of the bomb.

The only thing that will stop the threat is the voice of the second superpower: world opinion.

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Happy nuclear free birthday to the people of Japan

Blog entry by Kendra Ulrich | 15 September, 2014 31 comments

Every birthday is special – but today Japan is celebrating something unique. Japan has been nuclear-free for one year. Nuclear-free – a phrase that in its simplicity carries a devastating message for the worldwide nuclear industry,...

Belgium’s nuclear reactors are phasing themselves out

Blog entry by Eloi Glorieux | 13 September, 2014 7 comments

On Wednesday 10 September 2014 , Greenpeace activists in Brussels visited the politicians currently negotiating a new federal governmental agreement about the country's nuclear power supply. We were there to make it clear that...

FSC makes big strides

Blog entry by Judy Rodrigues | 12 September, 2014

This week, Greenpeace has been squirreled away in meetings with members of the FSC's General Assembly, the membership body that makes decisions about how FSC is governed. To be frank, we've been pretty critical of FSC over the last...

An apple a day keeps the pesticides away

Blog entry by Federica Ferrario | 12 September, 2014 1 comment

The fields around Malles in the heart of the Venosta Valley in northern Italy are right now surrounded by thousands of yellow and red apples, ready to be harvested. These apples – the real "gold" of this area – will soon be produced...

The Arctic is worth fighting for

Blog entry by Yeb Saño, Philippines Climate Change Commissioner | 11 September, 2014 1 comment

As I witness with my own eyes the sublime and spectacular beauty of the Arctic, I realize that we live on a deeply interconnected planet. What happens all over the world affects this region in seriously profound and intricate ways. And...

'Mountains and Rooftops' Day of Action

Slideshow | 10 September, 2014

Japanese regulator caves to the nuclear industry and government pressure – but still...

Blog entry by Kendra Ulrich | 10 September, 2014 4 comments

As with all things nuclear, things are not always what they seem. Good example - today's decision on the so called restarting of the Sendai reactors by the Japanese Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA), the best nuclear regulator in...

After 20 years it is time for the FSC to properly protect Intact Forest Landscapes

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 9 September, 2014 1 comment

Last night I spoke at the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) General Assembly's 20th Anniversary celebration event. As one of the founding members of the FSC, Greenpeace still believes that FSC remains the most credible system for...

Why we climb to save the Arctic

Blog entry by Ethan Gilbert | 9 September, 2014

As a young child, I loved climbing trees. Above the ground I could see the world below where everything was quiet and my perspective was clear. It was a place to go, where, for a short moment, the world made sense. And making sense...

Over 100 million hectares of forest wildernesses are suffering shocking degradation

Blog entry by Ilona Zhuravleva | 4 September, 2014 3 comments

After many months of hard graft on mapping and many more hours for further calculations, and laying out the data in tables and charts, we can now, for the first time, say loud and clear that our largest forest wildernesses are...

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