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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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Image | 24 April, 1999 at 1:00

Aerial view of dammed shrimp ponds, with intact mangroves visible at the bottom. Previously a luxury item only consumed in some periods of the year, shrimp is now turning into an everyday product.

Digging up mangrove forest to build new shrimp

Image | 24 April, 1999 at 1:00

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Image | 24 April, 1999 at 1:00

People sorting shrimps on long tables at the Ecuatesca packaging plant. Almost 50 percent of Ecuador mangroves have been lost, most of it attributed to shrimp farming.

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Image | 10 April, 1999 at 1:00

Scenes of dead baby camels are not uncommon in Innner Mongolia. Mother camels do not have enough milk for the baby camels because desertification has eroded much of the grassland.

The Chain of Destruction: from the Great Bear Rainforest to the United States market

Publication | 1 April, 1999 at 0:00

The US remains the largest single consumer of forest products worldwide, consuming approximately 9.5 billion board feet of lumber alone per year — enough wood to make a board one foot wide by one inch thick that would wrap around the world more...

Greenpeace activists shadow pirate vessel

Image | 4 March, 1999 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists shadow pirate vessel caught fishing within protected Antarctic waters.

Greenpeace and the Dumping of Wastes at Sea

Publication | 3 March, 1999 at 10:24

While Greenpeace's popular image is of an organisation that breaks the law, our ultimate objective is often to catalyse the creation of new laws or regulations against unsound environmental practices. This history of our Ocean Dumping campaign is...

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