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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 Greenpeace flagship

Image | 26 June, 2002 at 1:00

The Greenpeace flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, today began the first leg of the 'Choose Positive Energy Tour' in a global journey to support the development of renewable energy around the world.

The Greenpeace flagship

Image | 26 June, 2002 at 1:00

The Greenpeace flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, today began the first leg of the 'Choose Positive Energy Tour' in a global journey to support the development of renewable energy around the world

Shipping vessels at the port of Las Palmas

Image | 26 June, 2002 at 1:00

Shipping vessels at the port of Las Palmas.

Earth Summit hosts promise major push

Feature story | 25 June, 2002 at 0:00

Yesterday in Rio de Janeiro, the leaders of South Africa, Sweden and Brazil made promises at a meeting with civil society to lead the way in making the Johannesburg Earth Summit a success.

Welcome to the new website

Feature story | 24 June, 2002 at 0:00

We hope you like the new look and feel for our "Mothership" website at Greenpeace International. We call it Greenpeace Planet.

Do you have the balls to boycott Esso?

Image | 23 June, 2002 at 1:00

Do you have the balls to boycott Esso?

Greenpeace StopEsso campaign.

Image | 23 June, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace StopEsso campaign.

What is Esso afraid of?

Feature story | 23 June, 2002 at 0:00

ExxonMobil is worried about the reputation of its brand, and is attempting to sue Greenpeace to protect it.

Russian nuclear dump plan condemned

Feature story | 21 June, 2002 at 0:00

Russia's nuclear regulator has rejected its nuclear ministry's plans to turn the country into a nuclear dump for the world.

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