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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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Feature story | 21 February, 2002 at 0:00

Buenos Aires has become the first city in South America to ban the toxic menace of medical waste incineration.

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Image | 5 February, 2002 at 1:00

Nuclear containers in Danenberg being prepared for transport waste from Gorleben, Germany.

Greenpeace slams new EPO patent

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When fields, seeds and harvests no longer belong to farmers, something has gone seriously wrong with patent law.

Studies conducted by Greenpeace found contamination

Image | 1 February, 2002 at 1:00

Studies conducted by Greenpeace found contamination in the soil and ground water at the Union Carbide factory as well as stockpiles of abandoned toxic waste. Hundreds of people,such as these residents of the Ayub Nagar colony, behind the factory,...

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Image | 1 February, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace worker holds the teather of the Balloon near the Utah Olympic Sports Park.

Real green revolution

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Genetic pollution a multiplying nightmare

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The real green revolution

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Organic and agroecologicalfarming in the South.

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Image | 1 February, 2002 at 0:00

Workers lacking any protective clothing or safety training are used to scrap old ships to generate large profits for the shipping industry at the cost of human rights and the environment.

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