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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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Immediate Impact of Proposed GE Seed Contamination Directive on European Arable Land

Publication | 14 October, 2002 at 0:00

Just over 10% (7.6 million hectares) of European arable land is currently planted with maize or oilseed rape. Since one variety of genetically engineered (GE) oilseed rape and two varieties of GE maize already have approval for growing in the EU,...

Impact of Proposed GE Seed Contamination Directive on Arable Land of EU Accession...

Publication | 14 October, 2002 at 0:00

Close to 6.9 million hectares of arable land in the 13 EU accession countries (inc Turkey) are currently planted with maize or oilseed rape. Since one variety of genetically engineered (GE)oilseed rape and two varieties of GE maize already have...

A worst-case scenario for impact of proposed GE Seed Contamination Directive on EU...

Publication | 14 October, 2002 at 0:00

The seed contamination directive allows for eventual contamination of soya, cotton and sugarbeet seeds with genetically engineered varieties should pending applications receive a growing approval. Across the EU15 and accession countries (inc...

Save our seeds!

Publication | 14 October, 2002 at 0:00

As the European Union prepares to implement regulations that will further close the market to genetically engineered (GE) food and crops, a new legislative threat to Europe’s de facto non-GE status is emerging: the prospect of legally allowed GE...

Iceland not going to play by the rules

Feature story | 14 October, 2002 at 0:00

Whalers won a victory at a special meeting of the International Whaling Commission when Iceland was voted in as a full member despite their admission they will not follow all the rules of the commission and will begin whaling by 2006.

Expanding the Threat of Russian Weapons-Grade Plutonium – “The Western Option”

Publication | 11 October, 2002 at 0:00

The NDF, working with nuclear industry advisors from Germany, Russia, the United States, Sweden, and Switzerland, have compiled a detailed, though flawed analysis of what it calls the “Western Option.” The proposal presents the option of...

Greenpeace activists stamp a 'toxic waste'

Image | 8 October, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists stamp a 'toxic waste' warning sign, on the stern of the Greek owned ship ‘Silver Ray’ in Antwerp harbour today. The ship is shortly bound for scraping in Asia.

Activists stamp a 'toxic waste' warning sign

Image | 8 October, 2002 at 0:00

Activists stamp a 'toxic waste' warning sign on the Greek owned 'Silver Ray', which is shortly bound for scraping in Asia.

Nuclear plant cover-ups in Japan

Feature story | 8 October, 2002 at 0:00

In late August, news started to come out of Japan that TEPCO (Japan’s largest nuclear utility and the second largest in the world) had been cheating on reactor inspections for years. This brings them in line with their colleagues in the USA,...

Supertanker leaking oil

Feature story | 8 October, 2002 at 0:00

How the explosion on the Limburg oil tanker happened is still being debated, but the results are indisputable. The explosion that ripped through the double hulled oil tanker late Sunday produced a gapping hole that spilled as much as 8,000 tonnes...

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