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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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Climate Change and the Insurance Industry

Publication | 24 May, 1993 at 0:00

Hurricane Andrew caused more than US$ 16 billion in damages in the United States. In this 1993 report, Greenpeace policy advisor Jeremy Leggett assessed the options for insurance industry action in the face of mounting costs for climate-related...

Return of German toxic waste from Romania

Image | 15 April, 1993 at 1:00

Return of German toxic waste from Romania to Germany. German government decides to return 425 tons of toxic waste back to Germany.

Polluting waste incinerator near local community

Image | 23 January, 1993 at 1:00

Polluting waste incinerator near local community, East Liverpool.

WTI waste incinerator, East Liverpool.

Image | 23 January, 1993 at 0:00

WTI waste incinerator, East Liverpool.

Solar and wind power in Germany.

Image | 1 January, 1993 at 1:00

Solar and wind power in Germany.

Jobs and trees

Publication | 1 January, 1993 at 0:00

The British Columbia logging industry continually argues that logging is the backbone of the BC economy. While employment opportunities in the forest sector are certainly important to many rural communities, government statistics show that in...

Gases de escape.

Image | 15 December, 1992 at 0:00

Gases de escape.

Control room of reactor no

Image | 1 December, 1992 at 0:00

Control room of reactor no.3 at the Chernobyl plant.

Solar farm in California.

Image | 29 October, 1992 at 1:00

Solar farm in California.

Dubrovnik

Image | 9 September, 1992 at 0:00

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 1992: General damage.

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