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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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Projecting images of poor conditions at shipbreaking

Image | 3 October, 2002 at 1:00

Projecting images of poor conditions at shipbreaking sites, on a ship headed for one.

Spanish nuclear victory!

Feature story | 3 October, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists are celebrating Spanish nuclear regulators' "death sentence" for the Jose Cabrera plant in Zorita, that nation's oldest nuclear reactor. But the landmark September decision did not come easily. Ageing and ailing though they...

Forest Views: a newsletter for customers and investors of Canadian logging companies,...

Publication | 1 October, 2002 at 0:00

In this Issue: Forestry in BC: Business as Usual, Forest Practices Code, Who´s Good, Between the Covers? Wind Generation and Benchmarks.

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Image | 30 September, 2002 at 1:00

Sustainable Energy for Poverty Reduction: an action plan

Publication | 30 September, 2002 at 0:00

Sustainable development will only happen if poverty is tackled and the environment is protected. It is a false dilemma to say that we either tackle poverty or we save the planet. ITDG (Practical Answers to Poverty) and Greenpeace believe that...

Eat this or die

Feature story | 30 September, 2002 at 0:00

Zambian president Levy Mwananwasa's rejection this month of US food aid shocked the world. With child malnutrition soaring to 59 percent in his drought-stricken country, how dare he turn down this generous gift of maize?

Whaling fleets return with biggest catch in 15 years

Feature story | 25 September, 2002 at 0:00

The Japanese and Norwegian whaling fleets have returned from their summer hunt in the north bringing their total catch this year to 1268 whales, more than any year since the commercial whaling ban was widely taken up. But there is also good news.

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Image | 24 September, 2002 at 1:00

No War

Feature story | 24 September, 2002 at 0:00

What did we learn from the cold war, the disarmament movement of the last three decades, and the intricate history of arms control?

Illegal logs seized in the Amazon

Feature story | 22 September, 2002 at 0:00

After only three days, the river blockade mounted by local communities in the Amazon has stopped two illegal logging barges carrying over 200 logs. The barges have been impounded and the owner fined almost 200,000 Brazilian Reals - nearly US$ 60,000.

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