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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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Return of the Arctic Sunrise

Blog entry by Faiza Oulahsen | 1 August, 2014 2 comments

Those last days on the Arctic Sunrise in September 2013, gave me one of my most precious memories. That might sound odd to you: armed men with balaclavas abseiling down from a helicopter and holding some of the crew at gunpoint; unable...

Updates from the Arctic Sunrise activists

Feature story | 1 August, 2014 at 11:00

From peaceful action to dramatic seizure: a timeline of events since the Arctic Sunrise took action on September 18th, all times CET.

Month In Pictures - July

Slideshow | 31 July, 2014

Arrest of forest rights activists symbolic of what's wrong in India

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 31 July, 2014 1 comment

It was just past midnight when Indian police hauled two Greenpeace India activists out of their sleep and arrested them this week as a crackdown on protests against a planned coal mine in the Mahan forest intensified. The arrests...

Tasty food has always been part of culture, leaping through time and civilizations

Blog entry by Aquiles Chávez | 31 July, 2014

It is a historical fact that the type of diet defines cultural patterns of the different communities in every society. It is also a fact that changes in the human diet have led to biological changes in the human being as he adapted to...

LEGO, Dump Shell to stop the #TweetSpill

Blog entry by Trillia Fidei | 31 July, 2014

LEGO is helping Shell clean up its image, bringing the threat of an oil spill in the Arctic closer to reality. So we're creating a virtual oil spill on Twitter to ask LEGO to end its dirty deal deal with Shell -- before it's too late.

'No Drilling' Banner Protest, Italy

Image | 31 July, 2014 at 12:57

Activists aboard the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior unfurls a banner reading: "No Drilling" and 'Save The Climate, There Is No Planet B' as she sails past the Rospo B oil rig off the coast of Vasto. The environmental organisation warns that...

The latest World Nuclear Industry Status Report: more bad news for nuclear power,...

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 30 July, 2014 4 comments

"The nuclear share in the world’s power generation declined steadily from a historic peak of 17.6 percent in 1996 to 10.8 percent in 2013."  The sun is setting on nuclear power This year’s numbers for the nuclear industry are...

Cargill's palm oil commitment

Blog entry by Joao Talocchi | 30 July, 2014

Cargill, the largest importer of palm oil into the United States, one of the world's largest commodities traders and a palm oil producer itself, made a pledge to break the link between its palm oil and deforestation, peat destruction...

Rainbow Warrior in Venice

Image | 28 July, 2014 at 16:55

The Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, sails past Venice and the Piazza San Marco bearing the message "Save the Climate, There is no Planet B". Venice is one of the low-lying cities identified by scientists to be under severe threat from sea level...

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