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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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Deni people rowing on river.

Greenpeace boards ship carrying PCB toxic

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Greenpeace boards ship carrying PCB toxic waste.

Greenpeace March in Prague

Image | 15 April, 2000 at 1:00

Greenpeace March in Prague, Czech Republic, to attract attention on negotiating GMO law.

Greenpeace activists stopping dumping of

Image | 10 April, 2000 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists stopping dumping of tons of incinerator's ashes in a landfill.

Greenpeace Amazon campaigner Paolo Adario

Image | 5 April, 2000 at 1:00

Greenpeace Amazon campaigner Paolo Adario discussing logging activities in their territory with Deni Indians.

Results of Japan's scientific whale research

Image | 2 April, 2000 at 1:00

Results of Japan's scientific whale research.

Do you know what you are eating?

Image | 2 April, 2000 at 1:00

Do you know what you are eating?

Underwater life, Alicante, Spain

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Underwater life, Alicante, Spain

Screenshot from "Eco Quest: the game"

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Screenshot from "Eco Quest: the game"

A family is terrified as their home is destroyed

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

A family is terrified as their home is destroyed by loggers in a Greenpeace short film.

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