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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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Greenpeace activists outside the Electricity

Image | 23 August, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists outside the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) demanding that the company moves away from fossil fuel power and supports renewable energy.

Submission by Greenpeace on Issues Related to Modalities for Including Afforestation...

Publication | 23 August, 2002 at 0:00

The relative effectiveness of proposals to address non-permanence of afforestation and reforestation projects under the CDM and related accounting is discussed. Thispaper complements a separate Climate Action Network (CAN) submission, that deals...

Archbishop Tutu blesses the Esperanza

Feature story | 23 August, 2002 at 0:00

Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined the call for a clean, nuclear free future from the deck of the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza today as the ship and crew continued their work in the run up to the Earth Summit next week.The Noble Peace Prize winner...

One third of Thailand's electricity needs

Image | 22 August, 2002 at 1:00

One third of Thailand's electricity needs could be met with renewable energy by 2020, even if electricity consumption doubles, according to a report launched today by Greenpeace prepared in conjunction with the Sustainable Energy Network Thailand.

BNFL is wanted for crimes against the planet and the people of Sellafield

Feature story | 22 August, 2002 at 0:00

Norman Askew, chief executive of British Nuclear Fuels has a skewed perspective. He is "delighted" by nuclear power expansion, even as people living around the Sellafield nuclear plant die from unusually high rates of cancer. Askew and government...

Greenpeace launches Stop Global Warming balloon

Image | 21 August, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace launches Stop Global Warming balloon over the Mae Moh coal plant in Lampang, Thailand on the 21st August 2002

Greenpeace launches a Stop Global Warming

Image | 21 August, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace launches a Stop Global Warming balloon over the Mae Moh coal plant in Lampang, Thailand.

Greenpeace annual report 2002 (part two)

Publication | 21 August, 2002 at 0:00

Find out about what Greenpeace has been campaigning for in the past year.

Greenpeace annual report 2002 (part one)

Publication | 21 August, 2002 at 0:00

Find out all about what greenpeace has been campaigning for in the past year.

Exxon is wanted for outrageous crimes against the planet

Feature story | 21 August, 2002 at 0:00

Lee Raymond and Exxon are the Godfathers of corporate environmental crime. They have built up an unfathomable empire at the cost of our environment. They influence governments to get their own way, leaving the charred remains of international...

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