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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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Summit 'flop' says fish

Feature story | 2 September, 2002 at 0:00

Our expert marine correspondent C. Creature is in Johannesburg this week and is reporting from the Earth Summit that there is something fishy about “the first victory of the summit” and the great claims to protect threatened fish stocks.

Earth scores against WTO

Feature story | 2 September, 2002 at 0:00

Yesterday evening, while the industry lobbyists were eating sushi and drinking champagne around a spectacular swimming pool, Greenpeace and other non-governmental organisations were taking action inside the halls of the Earth Summit.

The Greenpeace flagship the SV Rainbow Warrior

Image | 1 September, 2002 at 1:00

The Greenpeace flagship the SV Rainbow Warrior joins The Nuclear Free Irish Sea Flotilla today. The flotilla, a grouping of individual Irish and British sailors concerned about the transportation of plutonium mox fuel through the Irish Sea, was...

Save our planet!! Send Bush back to his!

Image | 1 September, 2002 at 1:00

Save our planet!! Send Bush back to his!

Greenpeace Showcases Solar Technologies at WSSD

Publication | 1 September, 2002 at 0:00

Imitate our actions, not our words

Feature story | 1 September, 2002 at 0:00

They seemed innocent enough. Just little business-card sized pamphlets, small enough to be slipped into the wallet of any delegate, asking one simple question at the preparatory meetings for the Earth Summit in Bali: 'Why are you here?' We...

Save our planet!! Send Bush back to his!

Image | 1 September, 2002 at 0:00

Save our planet!! Send Bush back to his!

Climate Clean Energy Balloon Action in Chile

Image | 31 August, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace launch a clean energies balloon over the crude oil refinery of Con Con next to Viña del Mar city

Greenfreeze and Solar Chill on display at

Image | 31 August, 2002 at 1:00

Greenfreeze and Solar Chill on display at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg, Setpember 2002.

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