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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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Thai community goes solar

Feature story | 2 May, 2002 at 0:00

The Thai village of Ban Krut is the site of a proposed coal-fired power plant, but today the community received from Greenpeace the kind of energy they truly want: clean, renewable solar power.

Once the mangroves are ripped out to make

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

Once the mangroves are ripped out to make way for shrimp farming, the coast is rendered unstable. Habitat for creatures like this turtle is eliminated.

A coati (member of the raccoon family) prowls

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

A coati (member of the raccoon family) prowls the mangrove forest.

In addition to shrimp

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

In addition to shrimp, mangroves also provide a nursery for fresh water oysters.

This magnificent frigate bird relies on the

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

This magnificent frigate bird relies on the mangrove forest for food and shelter.

Mangroves are home to many different forms

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

Mangroves are home to many different forms of wildlife, including this little green heron.

Mangrove seed pods

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

Mangrove seed pods. Some 35 percent of mangroves have been lost in the last 20 years.

Flowering mangrove plants.

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

Flowering mangrove plants.

Mangrove forest roots are bulldozed into

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

Mangrove forest roots are bulldozed into the mud to make way for the intruding shrimp farms.

Mangroves are the coastal equivalent to terrestrial

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

Mangroves are the coastal equivalent to terrestrial rain forests.

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