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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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One thousand Greenpeace Kids for Forests

Image | 17 April, 2002 at 1:00

One thousand Greenpeace Kids for Forests march in the Hague, during the Ancient Forest Summit.

Vicwood-Thanry destroying Cameroon's ancient forests

Publication | 17 April, 2002 at 0:00

Mahogany shipment blocked

Feature story | 17 April, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists today temporarily blockaded and closed the warehouses of Red Madeiras Tropicais (Red Rainforest Timber) in the Paraná state of Brazil.

Kids for Forests at Hague summit

Feature story | 17 April, 2002 at 0:00

One thousand "Kids for Forests" marched through the Hague today to call for ancient forest protection.

Finnish logging HQ occupied

Feature story | 16 April, 2002 at 0:00

Yesterday Greenpeace activists began a five day protest at the state-owned Finnish Forest Park Services headquarters near the Finnish capital.

Greenpeace activists board the vessel 'MV

Image | 15 April, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists board the vessel 'MV Zini' in Greece to protest unloading of Liberian ancient forest timber.

A decade of underfunding

Publication | 15 April, 2002 at 0:00

In the last ten years since the Rio Earth Summit ancient forests have continued to diappear at an alarming rate. Develpment assistance has done little to reverse this trend and foreign aid for conservation has actually been shrinking.

Look before you log

Publication | 15 April, 2002 at 0:00

This report explores the use of logging moratoria to support ancient forest conservation and sustainable use including a look at seven case studies from around the world.

Star Wars activists free

Feature story | 15 April, 2002 at 0:00

Four Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists who faced felony charges following a peaceful protest against the US Star Wars missile programme last July have walked free from court with varying probationary periods and one sentence of...

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