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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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Nuclear reactors and blackouts: An explosive mix that caused the Fukushima disaster

Blog entry by Jan Beranek | 6 April, 2015 6 comments

Turkey has just suffered a massive failure of its electricity grid. A long-lasting blackout spread over more than half of the country, leaving the capital Ankara and many large cities in the dark. It may take a while to investigate...

Why we all should care about the oil platform explosion that just happened in Mexico

Blog entry by Arin de Hoog | 4 April, 2015 6 comments

Early Wednesday morning the Pemex oil platform, Abkatun Alpha blew up off the West coast of the Yucatan peninsula. The explosion killed four people and sent 16 to the hospital. 300 people managed to escape the blazing wreckage. Three...

How to do No Deforestation

Blog entry by Grant Rosoman | 2 April, 2015

Today a new tool that throws a lifeline for the Earth's tropical forests was published – the HCS Approach Toolkit . It marks a paradigm shift from rampant development that sacrifices the forest and peoples' rights, to one where forest...

Shell's profit comes at our expense

Blog entry by Isadora Wronski | 2 April, 2015 6 comments

Climate science has made it clear that Arctic oil needs to stay in the ground if we want to avoid the worst impacts from global climate change. We know it and we also know that Shell knows it too. A ships next to a controlled burn...

Is the Spanish Government bullying Spaniards?

Blog entry by Raul San Mateo | 2 April, 2015 4 comments

Imagine a world where the right to protest or organise a rally was only granted to the wealthy. This is about to happen in Spain. Last week the Government passed a pack of reforms that will penalise, with heavy fines, most forms of...

2015 - my last year as head of Greenpeace

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 31 March, 2015

There is an old African proverb that says 'if you want to travel fast go alone, if you want to travel far go together'. After five and a half years at Greenpeace, I think together we have travelled fast and far. And, we have travelled...

Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo announces he intends to step...

Feature story | 31 March, 2015 at 12:30

After five and a half years as the head of Greenpeace International, Kumi Naidoo today announced his decision to step down as the organisation's Executive Director. In agreement with the Board of Greenpeace International, Kumi is staying on until...

Aldi commits to Detox

Blog entry by Kirsten Brodde | 31 March, 2015 2 comments

In a world of toxic and cheap throwaway clothing, big retail stores have the opportunity and ability to change the way our clothes and products are made. Aldi, one of the top ten retailers in the world, has joined the Detox...

Unseasonal typhoons catch up with Shell's drill ship

Blog entry by Rob Taylor | 31 March, 2015

I can see the Polar Pioneer from the bridge – one of two rigs Shell has mobilised to cross the Pacific and head for the Arctic. It's been about three weeks since we last saw the Noble Discoverer, the other rig involved with Shells...

Glyphosate's under the spotlight

Blog entry by Patrizia Cuonzo | 30 March, 2015

Pesticide Action Week 2015 had just started when I had read some interesting news: "Roundup weedkiller 'probably'* causes cancer, says WHO study" The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – an agency affiliated...

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