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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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'Mountains and Rooftops' Day of Action

Slideshow | 10 September, 2014

Japanese regulator caves to the nuclear industry and government pressure – but still...

Blog entry by Kendra Ulrich | 10 September, 2014 1 comment

As with all things nuclear, things are not always what they seem. Good example - today's decision on the so called restarting of the Sendai reactors by the Japanese Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA), the best nuclear regulator in...

After 20 years it is time for the FSC to properly protect Intact Forest Landscapes

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 9 September, 2014 1 comment

Last night I spoke at the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) General Assembly's 20th Anniversary celebration event. As one of the founding members of the FSC, Greenpeace still believes that FSC remains the most credible system for...

Why we climb to save the Arctic

Blog entry by Ethan Gilbert | 9 September, 2014

As a young child, I loved climbing trees. Above the ground I could see the world below where everything was quiet and my perspective was clear. It was a place to go, where, for a short moment, the world made sense. And making sense...

Over 100 million hectares of forest wildernesses are suffering shocking degradation

Blog entry by Ilona Zhuravleva | 4 September, 2014 2 comments

After many months of hard graft on mapping and many more hours for further calculations, and laying out the data in tables and charts, we can now, for the first time, say loud and clear that our largest forest wildernesses are...

The world has spoken: Governments should create an Arctic sanctuary!

Blog entry by Farrah Khan | 4 September, 2014 3 comments

A global survey commissioned by Greenpeace has revealed that 74 per cent – nearly three quarters – of respondents agree or strongly agree that governments should create a protected area in the Arctic Ocean around the North Pole,...

Can 2.5 billion gadgets a year be green?

Blog entry by Tom Dowdall | 3 September, 2014 1 comment

It's predicted we will buy 2.5 billion mobiles, computers and tablets in 2014 and there will soon be more Internet connected devices than people on the planet. As the number of gadgets we own explodes, how they are made, used and...

Green Gadgets: Designing the Future

Slideshow | 3 September, 2014

Green Gadgets: Designing the Future

Publication | 3 September, 2014 at 2:30

Today, more and more people around the world rely on laptops, phones and tablets as an essential part of their everyday lives. However, the rate at which they purchase and discard these devices is having a serious impact on our planet.

7 reasons to claim water for life, not for coal

Blog entry by Helena Meresman | 1 September, 2014 2 comments

Safe, affordable and accessible water is one of our planet's scarcest natural resources. Many people don't have access to fresh water for sanitation, agriculture, or even to drink. Yet, global water consumption by the power sector...

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