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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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Better insulation 4

Image | 11 January, 1997 at 14:48

... and with thermic photography. The lack of red color shows there is much less heat loss in this case than with a normal building. With the proper government incentives, this could become the new 'normal'.

Better insulation 3

Image | 11 January, 1997 at 14:27

You can compare the previous 'normal building' to this insulated one. Here in normal photography...

Better insulation 2

Image | 11 January, 1997 at 14:21

... and with thermic photography, showing heat loss for a normal house.

Better insulation

Image | 11 January, 1997 at 14:08

Improved design and better insulation of houses can prevent heat loss and reduce the amount of energy needed for heating. Here, an ordinary house in Vienna Austria, viewed with normal photography...

UN vehicle in flooded Juba Basin region of

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UN vehicle in flooded Juba Basin region of Somalia.

Amrusieh incinerator.

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Amrusieh incinerator.

Plastic PVC bottles.

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Plastic PVC bottles.

Mountains of PVC inceneration waste.

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Mountains of PVC inceneration waste.

PVC toy purses containing heavy metals.

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PVC toy purses containing heavy metals.

Greenpeace action against plans for new nuclear

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Greenpeace action against plans for new nuclear plant in Turkey

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