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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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Warren Anderson

Image | 1 August, 2002 at 1:00

Warren Anderson, former CEO of Union Carbide, at his door in Bridgehampton, Long Island, New York.

Warren Anderson

Image | 1 August, 2002 at 0:00

Warren Anderson, former Chief Executive Officer of Union Carbide, at his door in Bridgehampton, Long Island, New York.

Marine mammals protest inaction on climate change

Feature story | 31 July, 2002 at 0:00

Marine mammals are fed up with Bush’s inaction on climate change, and his latest announcement that he will not attend the Earth Summit in Johannesburg has prompted protest on both coasts.

72% of the British public say no to nuclear

Image | 30 July, 2002 at 1:00

72% of the British public say no to nuclear power and yes to wind. Greenpeace projects poll result onto Sizewell nuclear plant in Suffolk, UK

Watch The Wind, speak out for clean energy

Feature story | 30 July, 2002 at 0:00

World leaders will meet for the Earth Summit in Johannesburg in less than a month. They will chose to lead us down the path of two possible futures – a world devastated by global warming and nuclear threat, or one powered by the force of the wind...

Greenpeace activists serve coffee and tea

Image | 29 July, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists serve coffee and tea to employees of the Board of Investments (Dept of Trade and Industry) in downtown Manila from a mobile solar powered cafe to promote the use of clean, sustainable energy. They gathered signatures on a...

Burning our Future

Publication | 29 July, 2002 at 0:00

The true costs of building coal-fired power plants and the case for renewable energy alternatives

Skippers' account of Nuclear Free Seas flotilla's Nuclear titanics encounter

Feature story | 25 July, 2002 at 0:00

"The two plutonium ships obviously had something to hide that could not bear the light of day..." Henk, the Skipper of the Tiama gives a first hand account about how a protest flotilla of 10 small yachts spread across 80 miles of ocean had BNFL...

Fight Esso's censorship

Feature story | 24 July, 2002 at 0:00

Esso succeeded in having a parody logo banned from the Internet in France, but Esso can not hide their own crimes against the climate. The censored site has been moved to oil country and Esso’s own backyard.

Fight Esso's censorship

Feature story | 24 July, 2002 at 0:00

Esso succeeded in having a parody logo banned from the Internet in France, but Esso can not hide their own crimes against the climate. The censored site has been moved to oil country and Esso’s own backyard.

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