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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 | 1 January, 1994 at 1:00

River water flowing over moss covered rocks.

Sydney bushfires: Pittwater

Image | 1 January, 1994 at 1:00

Sydney bushfires: Pittwater, northern Sydney. Australia.

Protest against French Driftnet fishing

Image | 22 November, 1993 at 11:10

1993 - Greenpeace banner hanging in protest at a request made by the French driftnet fishing industry to allow French vessels to fish with nets longer than allowed by EC regulations, Brussels, Belgium.

Greenpeace documenting Russian ship

Image | 18 October, 1993 at 11:00

Greenpeace documenting Russian ship TNT27 dumping nuclear waste in the Sea of Japan (East Sea). 18 October 1993.

Greenpeace documenting Russian ship TNT27

Image | 18 October, 1993 at 1:00

Greenpeace documenting Russian ship TNT27 dumping nuclear waste.

Blockade of railway track into Duernrohr

Image | 14 October, 1993 at 1:00

Blockade of railway track into Duernrohr coal-fired power station

Clearcutting ancient temperate rainforest

Image | 16 September, 1993 at 1:00

Clearcutting ancient temperate rainforest in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, Canada.

Clearcutting of Canada's temperate rainforest

Image | 16 September, 1993 at 1:00

Clearcutting of Canada's temperate rainforest, Tofino Creek, Clayoquot Sound, Vancouver Island.

The chlorine factory Atochem at Fos

Image | 14 September, 1993 at 1:00

The chlorine factory Atochem at Fos-Sur-Mer, France, which Greenpeace activists spent four days blocking. Both entrances and the railway to the plant were blocked and a ship trying to enter was blocked. The Rainbow Warrior and the Vega were...


Image | 1 September, 1993 at 1:00

Greenfreeze - ozone and climate-friendly refrigerator.

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