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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 path to a new shrimp farm is first cut

Image | 1 August, 1998 at 1:00

The path to a new shrimp farm is first cut by chainsaw, then opened for bulldozers. Ecuador is the 6th largest farmed shrimp producer.

Fine nets are used to drag the sea

Image | 1 August, 1998 at 1:00

Fine nets are used to drag the sea, catching tiny larvae to sell to shrimp farms.

These two men pass through mangroves in canoes

Image | 1 August, 1998 at 1:00

These two men pass through mangroves in canoes. Their economy is dependent on mangroves for gathering shells, wood, coconuts, and fish.

Farmer Nugzar Chelidze and genetically modified

Image | 1 August, 1998 at 1:00

Farmer Nugzar Chelidze and genetically modified potatoes. Georgia, Russia.

Up to 1 million hectares of mangrove have

Image | 1 August, 1998 at 1:00

Up to 1 million hectares of mangrove have been cleared worldwide for shrimp farms.

Greenpeace

Image | 26 July, 1998 at 1:00

Greenpeace, Fundecol, and locals replant mangroves that had been cut for shrimp farming. The disappearance of mangrove areas means not only loss of biodiversity, but also loss of access for coastal communities that rely on mangroves for income.

Greenpeace & locals replant mangroves that

Image | 26 July, 1998 at 1:00

Greenpeace & locals replant mangroves that had been cut for shrimp farming.

Greenpeace laser action during OSPAR conference

Image | 15 July, 1998 at 0:00

Greenpeace laser action during OSPAR conference in Lisbon. A historic accord, the OSPAR Convention, bans the dumping of offshore installations at sea in the North-East Atlantic.

Stones on beach still polluted with oil from

Image | 1 July, 1998 at 1:00

Stones on beach still polluted with oil from 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.

The Arctic Sunrise in Prince William Sound

Image | 1 July, 1998 at 1:00

The Arctic Sunrise in Prince William Sound.

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