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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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Finish the Job at COP7

Publication | 29 November, 2001 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists paint tropical timber

Image | 14 November, 2001 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists paint tropical timber in Amsterdam's harbour as part of a protest against one of the illegally operating timber companies - the Oriental Timber Corporation (OTC).

WTO meeting fails the world

Feature story | 14 November, 2001 at 0:00

As trade liberalisation talks ground to a close, the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior set sail from offshore the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting site in Doha, Qatar.

Why Say NO to the Approval and Commercialization of Genetically Engineered Wheat

Publication | 8 November, 2001 at 0:00

A Submission to Canada's Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry.

Silent protest with banner reading 'Injustice

Image | 2 November, 2001 at 0:00

Silent protest with banner reading 'Injustice for Venice' after the acquittal of senior managers of petrochemical companies Enichem and Montedison on charges or environmental pollution and death of workers in 2001.

Danger to German nuclear power plants from crashes by passenger aircraft

Publication | 1 November, 2001 at 0:00

What can in fact happen if a passenger plane crashes into anuclear power plant – be it accidentally or brought about on purpose –

Witnessing the plunder: a report from the MV Greenpeace expedition investigating...

Publication | 1 November, 2001 at 0:00

For many years, there have been alarming reports on illegal fishing activities off the coasts of West African nations. Some fishing vessels operate very close to the coast, violating the area reserved to local artisanal fishermen. They come...

Greenpeace's political demand toward the EPC

Publication | 1 November, 2001 at 0:00

Greenpeace's political demand toward the EPC

Publication | 1 November, 2001 at 0:00

Facts about the European Patent Office

Publication | 1 November, 2001 at 0:00

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