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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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Incineration and Human Health

Publication | 1 March, 2001 at 0:00

The chain of destruction from Canada's ancient temperate rainforest to the Japanese...

Publication | 1 March, 2001 at 0:00

Although a few companies in Japan are beginning to reject Interfor products, in the most part, Interfor´s destructive forest products are sold without being noticed by Japanese forest consumer companies. In this report, Greenpeace exposes the...

Logs of war

Publication | 1 March, 2001 at 0:00

Action, not words

Image | 26 February, 2001 at 1:00

Greenpeace action against imported timber from Canada's Great Bear rainforest, Vlissingen, Netherlands. A decade of Greenpeace campaigning led to an historic agreement to protect Canada's last remaining temperate rainforest.

What is Star Wars?

Publication | 13 February, 2001 at 0:00

Media Briefing

Deni child and mother.

Image | 1 February, 2001 at 1:00

Deni child and mother.

Deni working with theodolite during Deni

Image | 1 February, 2001 at 1:00

Deni working with theodolite during Deni demarcation expedition, near Arua river.

Deni child in hammock, Visagem village.

Image | 1 February, 2001 at 1:00

Deni child in hammock, Visagem village.

Greenpeace team aboard "Commandante Savio"

Image | 1 February, 2001 at 1:00

Greenpeace team aboard "Commandante Savio" during Deni demarcation expedition, Arua river.

Deni child with turtle shell

Image | 1 February, 2001 at 1:00

Deni child with turtle shell, Cidadezinha village.

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