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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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Damage caused by Hurricane Andrew, USA.

Image | 1 August, 1992 at 1:00

Damage caused by Hurricane Andrew, USA.

Polar Bears on an ice shelf

Image | 15 June, 1992 at 1:00

Polar Bears on an ice shelf. Mother and cub.

Greenpeace blockade of the outflow from the

Image | 28 May, 1992 at 1:00

Greenpeace blockade of the outflow from the Alicel plant, Rouen, France. Alicel uses chlorine to bleach paper and pulp. Alicel discharges toxic organochlorines into the River Seine at a rate of 360 kilos a day.

Valley of death - Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Image | 1 May, 1992 at 1:00

Valley of death - Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Previous protests at chemical giant ICI against

Image | 1 May, 1992 at 0:00

Previous protests at chemical giant ICI against ozone destroying chemicals


Image | 1 April, 1992 at 1:00

SOLD - banner hanging from the side of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro during the Earth Summit in 1992.

Anti-nuclear testing march, Tahiti.

Image | 1 March, 1992 at 10:49

Anti-nuclear testing march, Tahiti.

White Beluga whale that escaped from a research

Image | 1 March, 1992 at 1:00

White Beluga whale that escaped from a research institute in Sevastapol in the Black Sea off the Turkish coast.

Minke whales near Ross Island

Image | 15 December, 1991 at 0:00

Minke whales near Ross Island, Antarctica.

Matti Wuori

Image | 3 December, 1991 at 1:00

Matti Wuori, founder of Greenpeace Finland and the former Board Chair of Greenpeace International from 1991 - 1993.

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