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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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M for Moratoria

Publication | 1 April, 2002 at 0:00

M for Measures

Publication | 1 April, 2002 at 0:00

Antarctic ice shelf collapses

Feature story | 19 March, 2002 at 0:00

A huge ice shelf in Antarctica has collapsed in the space of only a month. The Larsen B ice shelf was 200m thick and 3250 km².

The Greenpeace Earth Summit website.

Image | 15 March, 2002 at 1:00

The Greenpeace Earth Summit website.

Greenpeace Ship Rainbow Warrior

Image | 10 March, 2002 at 15:08

Side view of the "Rainbow Warrior" at sea with full sails of forest design - "Save the Last Ancient Forests". The GP campaign is against the destruction of ancient forests.

Greenpeace: No bailout for oil shale

Feature story | 8 March, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace today called on the Australian Government not to bail out the controversial Stuart Oil Shale Project in Queensland following reports that Project developer Southern Pacific Petroleum (SPP) had asked the Government to rescue it from a...

Greenpeace Earth Summit website.

Image | 1 March, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace Earth Summit website.

DLH:a partner in global forest crime

Publication | 1 March, 2002 at 0:00

Groupe SEFAC destroying Cameroon's ancient forests

Publication | 1 March, 2002 at 0:00

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