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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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Amazon river and rainforest, Brazil.

Image | 1 December, 1998 at 1:00

Amazon river and rainforest, Brazil.


Image | 25 November, 1998 at 0:00

Oil-rig Brent Spar is dismantled by platform Thialf off the Norwegian coast. Based on the decisions of the OSPAR-conference oil and gasrigs have to be dismantled on shore. The parts of the Brent Spar will become part of a new harbor quay.

Protected area near Kuhmo (in Eastern Finland)

Image | 15 November, 1998 at 1:00

Protected area near Kuhmo (in Eastern Finland).

Siberian Jay in the snow.

Image | 15 November, 1998 at 1:00

Siberian Jay in the snow.

Piz Buin sunset.

Image | 8 November, 1998 at 1:00

Piz Buin sunset.

Greenpeace removes 30 drums of toxic waste

Image | 22 October, 1998 at 1:00

Greenpeace removes 30 drums of toxic waste produced by Orica - Olympic site.

Petrol station with solar panels.

Image | 7 October, 1998 at 1:00

Petrol station with solar panels.

Ship being scrapped

Image | 1 October, 1998 at 1:00

Ship being scrapped, Alang, Gujarat, India.

The climate solution? It's an Energy [R]evolution

Image | 1 October, 1998 at 1:00

Windmill in Argentina

One of the largest wind farms in South America

Image | 1 October, 1998 at 1:00

One of the largest wind farms in South America.

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