This page has been archived, and may no longer be up to date

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.

Helpus improve this website section by taking thisquick survey.

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.

The latest updates


100% Renewable Energy by 2050? Why wait?

Blog entry | 29 September, 2015 5 comments

A new Greenpeace report shows how the world can move to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The bad news? It needs political will. The good news? It's already happening! Climate change deniers and investors take note. Renewable...

'Actions for Climate' Global Day of Action

Slideshow | 28 September, 2015

#ActionsforClimate – but still not enough

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 27 September, 2015 1 comment

The last few days have, for once, seen world leaders and the global media focused on the big issues of our time: poverty, inequality and the dangers of climate change. President Obama admitted he acted too late on climate change and...

“My land is not for sale.” One First Nation’s fight to save ancestral forest

Blog entry by Marie Moucarry | 24 September, 2015 3 comments

The Broadback Valley is one of the last intact forests in Quebec, Canada. For hundreds of kilometres, there’s not a road, not a clearcut, not a mine, not a power line, not a pipeline…just pure wilderness. And without protection,...

International Atomic Energy Agency’s Fukushima Report puts the interests of the...

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 24 September, 2015 5 comments

The recently released IAEA Fukushima Daiichi Accident Report on Japan’s on-going nuclear disaster in the wake of the 2011 triple reactor core meltdowns and catastrophic containment building failure reads more like nuclear industry...

You asked Outdoor brands if they use PFCs. Guess what? They answered!

Blog entry by Chiara Campione | 23 September, 2015

Last week we started an amazing quest. It's been thrilling to see how thousands of supporters, nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts asked their favourite outdoor brands a very simple and straight question: "Which of your products...

Renewable energy for all. Is it possible?

Blog entry by Shuk-Wah Chung | 21 September, 2015 1 comment

A world powered 100% by renewables seems like a faraway fantasy. But is it actually possible? "100% renewables!" It's a buzz-phrase that loves being thrown around by environmentalists, passionate protesters and science...

Honouring courage and compassion: Peace Day 2015

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 21 September, 2015 1 comment

I was 22 years old when I had to leave my homeland, South Africa. I had no choice. I was living underground for a year by then, to avoid being arrested. This was 1987, in the midst of one of the most bloody and violent periods in the...

Energy Revolution 2015

Publication | 21 September, 2015 at 1:00

This is the year when the fight against climate change could take a dramatic turn. The conference in Paris in December presents political and business leaders with the opportunity to take the critical decisions needed if we are to keep average...

The Story of Greenpeace & the story Greenpeace tells

Blog entry by Brian Fitzgerald | 18 September, 2015

The documentary film How To Change the World has just splashed out on cinema screens in nine countries. It is by far the best telling of the origin story of Greenpeace I've ever seen, and I've seen a few. As someone who has been with...

61 - 70 of 13459 results.