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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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Greenteam protest action against driftnet

Image | 6 June, 1998 at 1:00

Greenteam protest action against driftnet fishing. Paper fish painted by children hanging in a fishing net.

Sellafield nuclear plant.

Image | 1 June, 1998 at 1:00

Sellafield nuclear plant.

Answers from the Ice Edge

Publication | 1 June, 1998 at 0:00

This report is about changesAlaska Native peoples of thenorthern Bering and Chukchiseas observe in their surroundings.Climate change is a gravethreat to northern ecosystemsand thus to the subsistence wayof life that is the heart of Yup’ikand...

Fueling Global Warming

Publication | 1 June, 1998 at 0:00

Federal Subsidies To Oil In TheUnited States.

Forest in Finland.

Image | 15 May, 1998 at 0:00

Forest in Finland.

Landraces varieties of Mexican maize

Image | 1 May, 1998 at 1:00

Landraces varieties of Mexican maize. Oaxaca, Mexico.

Close view of Canola carrying yellow flowers

Image | 1 May, 1998 at 1:00

Close view of Canola carrying yellow flowers in Northern Germany.

Clearcut area in Central Chile.

Image | 1 May, 1998 at 0:00

Clearcut area in Central Chile.

Camel owner Baoyin Culu says prayers at the

Image | 15 April, 1998 at 1:00

Camel owner Baoyin Culu says prayers at the place where his last camel died. All of his 80 camels died due to desertification in the region.

Sandstorms originating from the Mongolian

Image | 10 April, 1998 at 1:00

Sandstorms originating from the Mongolian desert can reach as far as Japan. Each year, volunteers from Japan come to plant trees in Western China.CONTRACT HAS EXPIRED AND GREENPEACE CAN NO LONGER USE THESE IMAGES - UNLESS A FEE IS PAID TO THE...

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