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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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Greenpeace activists

Image | 15 September, 1999 at 0:00

Greenpeace activists, dressed as a genetically engineered tomato and Bill Clinton sharing a bed together. Greenpeace demonstrated in front of the United Nation building where the Biosafety Protocol negotiations are being held. Greenpeace demanded...

Gas affected survivors at a weekly meeting

Image | 9 September, 1999 at 1:00

Gas affected survivors at a weekly meeting

"Stop MOX" demonstration in Fukuoka

Image | 6 September, 1999 at 1:00

"Stop MOX" demonstration in Fukuoka, Japan by Japanese local groups joined by Greenpeace.

Union Carbide accident survivor's weekly

Image | 1 September, 1999 at 1:00

Union Carbide accident survivor's weekly meeting, Bhopal, India

Effluent pipe of Common Effluent Treatmant

Image | 1 September, 1999 at 1:00

Effluent pipe of Common Effluent Treatmant Plant at Damanganga river in Vapi.

Effluent pipe of Common Effluent Treatmant

Image | 1 September, 1999 at 1:00

Effluent pipe of Common Effluent Treatmant Plant at Damanganga river in Vapi.

Waste pipe of Common Effluent Treatmant Plant

Image | 1 September, 1999 at 1:00

Waste pipe of Common Effluent Treatmant Plant at Damanganga river Vapi, Gujarat.

Opening Pandora' s Box: A Catalogue of 50 POPs Hotspots Worldwide

Publication | 1 September, 1999 at 0:00

This report gives over 50 examples of POPs Hotspots from around the world. These include large emission sources, contaminated sites and stockpiled materials, such as obsolete pesticides.

Greenpeace in action

Image | 12 August, 1999 at 0:00

Greenpeace in action, to the music of the New Radicals

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