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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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The advantages of non-genetically engineered corn and soya for the Brazilian market

Publication | 6 June, 2002 at 0:00

Brazil has a golden opportunity to take advantage of its status as a top world soya producer that does not permit genetically engineered (GE) crops.

Nestle double standards

Feature story | 6 June, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace carried out an action today to illustrate how Nestle is force-feeding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to consumers in Asian countries.

Away from their computers

Image | 5 June, 2002 at 1:00

Away from their computers, the new media team likes to frolic on the beach.

15 Greenpeace activists block the freighter

Image | 4 June, 2002 at 1:00

15 Greenpeace activists block the freighter M/S Fagervik in the port of Norrkoping.

Wall of Shame: Activists hold up pictures

Image | 4 June, 2002 at 1:00

Wall of Shame: Activists hold up pictures of toxic hotspots during an Earth Summit prep meeting in Bali.

Activist holds a photograph depicting victims

Image | 4 June, 2002 at 1:00

Activist holds a photograph depicting victims of corporate crime (Bhopal) at Earth Summit preparatory meeting in Bali.

A summary of research on the impacts of Bt cotton in China

Publication | 4 June, 2002 at 0:00

This report shows the adverse environmental impacts of cultivation of genetically engineered Bt cotton in China.

Corporations must be accountable

Feature story | 4 June, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace called on governments to curb the devastation wreaked by big business, by adopting a set of principles formed in the wake of the Bhopal disaster.

Adverse impacts of GE Bt cotton

Feature story | 4 June, 2002 at 0:00

Research on the Chinese experience with genetically engineered (GE) cotton tells a story of resistant superbugs, emerging secondary pests, diminishing natural enemies, destabilized insect ecology, and increased pesticide use.

Protest against Nestlé

Image | 2 June, 2002 at 1:00

Protest against Nestle's "shut up and eat" policy of selling genetically contaminated baby food to Asia.

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