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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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Ballon with a clear message floats above

Image | 15 July, 2001 at 1:00

Ballon with a clear message floats above a glacier in Argentina threathened by global warming.

Temperature change 1765

Image | 11 July, 2001 at 0:00

Temperature change 1765-2100: Graph excerpted from the IPCC's Third Assessment Report showing past and predicted changes to global temperature.

Green carpet for EU delegates to walk up

Image | 6 July, 2001 at 0:00

Green carpet for EU delegates to walk up "Walk this way to ratify Kyoto". People on street in front of building.

Solar Generation

Publication | 2 July, 2001 at 0:00

Solar electricity for over 1 billion people and 2 million jobs by 2020.

Get out of my forest!

Image | 1 July, 2001 at 1:00

Get out of my forest!

Gorilla seated looking at the camera

Image | 1 July, 2001 at 1:00

Gorilla seated looking at the camera, holding something in his left paw. It appears as if he is "giving the finger" to the onlooker.

Hendrik A

Image | 1 July, 2001 at 1:00

Hendrik A. Verfaillie and Monsanto are wanted for crimes of genetic pollution.

Amazon jaguar with his jaw open wide and

Image | 1 July, 2001 at 1:00

Amazon jaguar with his jaw open wide and tongue hanging out, Valwo Park, Spain.

Jaguar in Valwo park, Valladolid, Spain.

Image | 1 July, 2001 at 1:00

Jaguar in Valwo park, Valladolid, Spain.

A Siberian tiger

Image | 1 July, 2001 at 0:00

A Siberian tiger, one of the many species that will become extinct if a global network of protected areas aren't created.

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